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Mark Taffet Former Head of HBO PPV
and Manager of Claressa Shields Talks about his Vision in the
Development of Women's Boxing Photo credits: Courtesy
January 17, 2018
(JAN 17) This week Mark
Taffet, the former
head of HBO PPV and manager of Claressa Shields talks about his
vision and role in the development of women’s boxing. [We
have provided the full video below].
In the video interview, Mark
Taffet talks about the sport in saying that in the past year there's been tremendous progress
in women's boxing. That with Showtime and the support they
have provided, from the media attention that's coming now, with
the recognition that women have talent and with the development of on-the-scene of
Clarissa Shields, the United States Olympic Gold Medal winner
and someone that has the shoulders that were broad enough to
carry the sport and be a game changer---women's boxing is making
great strides very quickly, and he believes in the next few years,
there will not even be gender labels anymore.
Taffet added that female boxers are taken more
seriously now than ever and said, "I believe that there is just about
to be a breakthrough in the glass ceiling, as long as the 'best
fight the best' and you get to see the athletic ability like Claressa Shields. People like Christina Hammer, Cecilia
Braekhus, then the public will follow. People know quality
and when they see it, they will not put labels on it. It
will allow the women to break through and reach the levels that
the men have on television, media, and with pay."
Taffet reflects on his longtime experience with HBO Pay-Per-View
taught him many things and 30 years of life's lessons, and that he didn't know if it helped him preparing for
management, as it has for helping women's boxing----which is what
his goal is at this time.
Taffet said Claressa Shields is the vessel, and he wants
to take his experience and combine it with her God-given abilities and
really make a difference in women's boxing. To check
out the complete video of the interview: