With Glory 20 scheduled to take place in Dubai on April 3, 2015, British Columbia’s very own Gabriel Varga is scheduled to compete for the promotion’s featherweight world title.
Despite this accomplishment Varga cannot compete professionally in his own backyard and this situation does not appear likely to change anytime soon.
You can click here for the back-story on why British Columbia considers it out its power to allow professional kickboxing, and here for Senator Runciman’s criticism that BC’s legal position “defies logic”.
Last month the Province appointed a new Athletic Commissioner and with this changing of the guard rumors swirled that pro kickboxing may indeed soon be legalized. Unfortunately these rumors are false. I reached out to BC’s new Athletic Commissioner who advises that “the Province, at this time, does not intend to revisit the decision” to legalize pro kickboxing“.
Here is the Commissioner’s full e-mail:
From: BC Athletic Commissioner CSCD:EX
Sent: March-16-15 11:35 AM
To: Erik Magraken
Subject: Re: Professional Kickboxing
Dear Erik Magraken,
Thank you for your email dated March 10, 2015 about the above referenced matter. Please be advised that the Province, at this time, does not intend to revisit the decision to preclude professional Kickboxing as part of the regulatory oversight of the BC Athletic Commission.
BC Athletic Commissioner