A mixed martial arts fighter, who was forced out as transgender last month, is to make her television debut in what will be her third fight since she came out.
37 year old Fox will face Allanna Jones in the semi finals of the 145 pound women’s championship tournament at the BankUnited Center. The Championship Fighting Alliance (CFA) event, will air on 24 May on AXS TV.
She is so far undefeated in her professional career, having taken part in two fights.
Ronda Rousey, the woman’s champion at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), claimed in a recent interview with the New York Post that Fox had an unfair advantage because of her bone structure. Rousey did, however, say that she would fight Fox, if given the match.
The CEO of CFA Jorge de la Nova, came to the defence of Fox in a recent interview with ESPN, after criticism from some.
“As a promoter, obviously everyone who comes into my office, what I see is a fighter. I don’t ask anyone what their sexual preference is. What they do with their personal life is not my business. She’s a sweet girl. … And where we stand as a company is that she’s a female. She has her [boxing] license in Illinois. She has an Illinois driver’s license. She’s a female and she’s definitely a fighter. I just don’t see how anybody can revoke her license.”
Fox reportedly chose not to disclose that she is transgender on her licensing application, leading to an investigation by the Florida Boxing Commission. However, regulators have said she is allowed to continue fighting.