Ala. lawmakers pass bill for boxing commission

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama House has unanimously passed a bill that would create a state boxing commission to sanction pro fights.

State Rep. Gerald Allen, R-Cottondale, had long pushed for such
a commission and was a co-sponsor.

Boxers Roy Jones Jr. and Deontay Wilder visited the Statehouse
Thursday to support the bill.

Jones is a nine-time world champion who has fought 19
professional bouts in his hometown of Pensacola, Fla. Now, he's
hoping Wilder gets a similar chance in or near his Tuscaloosa
hometown. Wilder is an Olympic bronze medalist and promising

Lawmakers gave Wilder a standing ovation after the bill's

Jones said a commission would give untapped talent in the state
a chance to develop. Supporters also say bringing pro fights to the
state would be an economic boon.