Foxy boxing is a sports entertainment which involves two or more women boxing (or pretending to do so) in a sexualized context as a form of erotic entertainment. The participants are typically dressed in revealing clothing such as bikinis or skintight leotards, while the actual fight usually focuses on the beauty of the combatants rather than fighting skills. Foxy boxing is unusual in that the audience generally does not care who wins. It is believed to have its roots in "singles' bars in southern California" after the interest in women's boxing began to decline in the late 1980s.
The mainstream competitive sport of women's boxing has tried to avoid association with foxy boxing but the successful female boxer Mia St. John emphasised her sexuality by appearing on the cover of Playboy magazine.
It was a popular entertainment used in the Philippines for military men in the 1980s and 90s. It included both boxing and wrestling and the women were expected to "draw blood and show bruises before they got paid". Foxy boxing was also utilized by bar owners in Thailand for the same type of audience.
Although foxy boxing is more of an entertainment spectacle than a sport, it has resulted in injuries. A foxy boxer at a high end strip joint in Rhode Island sued her employer after her silicone breast implants were ruptured in a fight. The class action suit ruled her employer liable.
Media and popular culture
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The sport is frequently referenced in popular culture:
- Homer Simpson on The Simpsons mentioned it three times: In the season one episode "Homer's Night Out,"Foxy Boxing" is one of the places where Homer and Bart stop at in their quest for Princess Kashmir. On the season six episode "Lisa on Ice", he tells Lisa that "if the Bible has taught us nothing else--and it hasn't--it's that girls should stick to girl sports, such as hot-oil wrestling, foxy boxing, and such and such." Later, on the season 12 episode "Tennis the Menace", Homer builds a tennis court, only to learn that tennis is not the same as foxy boxing (or as he calls it, "the sport where the chicks wail on each other").
- The King of the Hill episode "Boxing Luanne" centered on Luanne Platter thinking she has taken up mainstream women's boxing, only to find she has been underwritten by Buck Strickland for foxy boxing.
- Miami Vice season one episode 9 "Glades" contains a scene of two women foxy boxing approximately 9 minutes into the episode. The owner of the club promoting the event even refers directly to the sport stating, "Foxy Boxing is what's in now"
- In the final episode of the TV Series Freaks and Geeks (Discos & Dragons, Season 1, Ep. 18) Seth Rogen's character Ken is thrown out of a disco club for causing a scene and making fun of disco music. As he's being escorted from the building, the bouncer at the disco club tells him not to worry too much because the disco will be shut down the following week in favor of foxy boxing.
- On the March 17, 2010 episode of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart compares the U.S. congressional debate over health care reform to foxy boxing.
- In the Family Guy episode Baby, You Knock Me Out Lois Griffin starts her "boxing career" as a foxy boxer.
- In Season 2, Episode 5 of 30 Rock, Kenneth throws a party rumored to have foxy boxing.
- In How I Met Your Mother, Barney Stinson is a fan of foxy boxing.
- Carlo Rotella (2004), Good with Their Hands, University of California Press, ISBN 978-0-520-24335-4
- Christensen, Karen; Allen Guttmann; Gertrud Pfister (2001). International Encyclopedia of Women and Sports: A-G. Macmillan Reference USA. p. 172. Retrieved November 24, 2010.
- Sekules, Kate (2000). The boxer's heart: how I fell in love with the ring. Villard. p. 55.
- C. Ondine Chavoya (2006), Women boxers: the new warriors, p. 22, ISBN 978-1-55885-475-8
- Hilsdon, Anne-Marie (1995). Madonnas and martyrs: militarism and violence in the Philippines. Ateneo de Manila University Press. pp. 99–100. Retrieved November 24, 2010.
- H. Enloe, Cynthia (1993). The morning after: sexual politics at the end of the Cold War. University of California Press. p. 156. Retrieved November 24, 2010.
- "Anime Instincts". Spin (Bob Guccione, Jr.) 18 (10): 62. October 2002.
- Groening, Matt (1997). The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family. New York: HarperPerennial. p. 28. ISBN 0-06095252-0.
- I. Pinsky, Mark (2007). The gospel according to the Simpsons. Westminster John Knox Press. p. 122. Retrieved November 24, 2010.
- (29 October 2010). Revived and Derived: "Freaks and Geeks" Ep. 18, "Discos and Dragons", Independent Film Channel, Retrieved November 24, 2010