January 8, 2009

Governor Pawlenty Appoints Craig Gallop to Boxing Commission

St. Paul – Governor Tim Pawlenty today announced the appointment of Craig S. Gallop to the Minnesota Boxing Commission.

Gallop, of Minnetonka, is president of Sports Technology, and a sales representative for Musco Sports Lighting. Previously, he was vice president of Minnesota Playground, Inc, and assistant to the New Hope City Manager. Gallop recently completed two terms as a member of the Minnetonka Planning Commission, has coached youth football, baseball and hockey through the Hopkins/Minnetonka youth athletic association, and was a boxing instructor with the Crystal Parks and Recreation Department. He is a former member of the United States Boxing Team and was an amateur and golden gloves boxer. Gallop earned his master of arts degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He also served in the U.S. Navy from 1970 to 1972. Gallop replaces Michael Munford on the Boxing Commission as a member with knowledge of boxing to complete a four-year term that expires on January 4, 2010.

The purpose of the Minnesota Boxing Commission is to protect health, promote safety, and ensure fair boxing and mixed martial arts events. The commission has sole direction, supervision, regulation, control, and jurisdiction over all boxing and tough person contests held within the state; sole control, authority, and jurisdiction over all licenses; may adopt rules including, but not limited to, the conduct of boxing exhibitions, bouts, fights, and their manner, supervision, time, and place; and must adopt unified rules for mixed martial arts. The Minnesota Boxing Commission consists of nine members appointed by the Governor, one of whom must be a retired Minnesota judge, three of whom must have knowledge of the boxing industry, and four of whom must have knowledge of the mixed martial arts industry.
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