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News broke Tuesday that the City of Edmonton has ended it’s Moratorium on Boxing and combative sports after implementing a ban in December 2017 due to an investigation of circumstances surrounding the death of local Boxer and MMA combatant Tim Hague who was tragically killed after sustaining injuries in a bout last June. FightFan.com’s Ace Freeman was joined by veteran Sports Reporter John Short of Edmonton to participate in some important and difficult dialogue surrounding the situation.
According to reports circulating today, the moratorium has been lifted effective immediately, paving the way for pro boxing to return to Edmonton as soon as this spring thereby allowing local fighters to return to work. Renowned Canadian promoter Mel Lubovac of KO Boxing Promotions told Global News a gala is in the works April 28 at the Shaw Conference Centre. Today’s news also sets the stage for decorated world champion Jelena Mrdjenovich to return to the ring and have her landmark fiftieth professional bout in front of a hometown crowd in the Alberta capital.
ITS OVER!!!!!! City Council votes to life the combative sorts moritorium. We have a VERY BIG show planned for April 28th at the @EdmontonSCC. Thank you to the city for doing what’s right, and thank you to all our fans and supporters that stuck behind us! Boxing is BACK baby!!
— KOBoxingCanada (@KOBoxingCanada) February 27, 2018
The @CityofEdmonton has chose to do the right thing and lift this ridiculous moratorium on combative sports in Edmonton so we can finally get back to work. Fight news coming!!!
— Jelena Mrdjenovich (@JelenaBoxing) February 27, 2018
John Short (born January 31, 1937) is a Canadian sports journalist and broadcaster. He wrote a long running column for the Edmonton Sun. Short formerly worked for the Canadian Press, Edmonton Journal, as well as the Edmonton Oilers as public relations director. He has also hosted various sports-related radio shows. Short is a member of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (inducted 1988) and a recipient of the Chester Bell Memorial Award for excellence in sportswriting, as well as the Fred Sgambati national award for university sports coverage. He serves on the board of directors for the Alberta Sport Connection, and has also served on the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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