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It's a risky sport, like many others, but a sport none the less
Is boxing worth the risk?
Member Name: blissman70
Is boxing worth the risk?
Advantages: keeps one fit, improves co-ordination, teaches respect and discipline and helps control anger
Disadvantages: can be dangerous, as in many sports, and can be seen as barbaric
Boxing is a contact sport and, like many other contact sports, there is a risk of a certain amount of damage to individuals who participate in the sport, and unfortunately, can sometime, but not always, lead to a person being injured or even worse, death.
BOXING... Barbarism or Sport...???
I tend to go with the latter as I enjoy the sport very much.
Personally, I started boxing at school many years ago, (god I feel old), it taught me discipline, balance and most importantly respect... it also kept me fit and improved my hand-eye co-ordination.
As my interest in participation grew I joined a local gym at the age of 16 and, over my time, sparred with many opponents, (including a very famous Irishman who became world famous), my liking for the sport growing as my skills improved...
Then my career choice helped me continue in the respect I had acquired for this sport, contending in many amateur fights during my military life, (losing more than I care to remember... but some of them blokes are built like brick sh$t houses)...
But, unfortunately for me, a combination of injuries, (not caused by boxing), and a lack of time to practice, my boxing career ended before it began really... staying in the amateur status, wearing the silly t-shirt and head guard for what seemed like forever.
To be honest, I do sometimes think about getting back into the sport, (usually when I've had a few pints and my brains turned into putty...) but when I come to my senses I realise that I am just too bloody old... ow well, never mind....
* VERY BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SPORT...
Derived in Ancient Greece this sport has risen through time to become a vast money making game which is not quite as dangerous now as it was back in its beginning, mainly due to the medical response and the pre-fight examinations which are taken.
It is a combat sport between two people of roughly the same proportion, using their gloved covered semi-clenched fist to try and defeat their opponent... it is a sport which is regulated by a referee inside a 'ring' of rope...(which is not actually a ring but a square..? with four corners... one corner for each fighter and two neutral corners where the fighters have to stand in the event of a 'knockdown' or a 'count' )
A boxing match, or a 'bout' as it is called, is decided over 12 rounds... (although this used to be 15, but in the very early years it used to be until a fighter dropped..?)...
The entire 'bout' is watched over by a full medical team and many 'officials' who are ready to jump in in case of any troubles...
The 'bout, can be ended by either a Knockout... which is as it sounds, when a fighter can no longer continue to fight... or a TKO, (technical knockout... which means that the referee or the 'second' by throwing in the towel, stops the fight if he thinks that a fighter is unfit to continue...)...
The other result is on points' which means that the fight has gone the entire distance of 12 rounds and the ringside judges decide on who wins the bout, (as they score points during each 'round' for certain things as they fight... such as hits, dodges, combinations etc.etc.)
* THE DOWNSIDE OF BOXING...
Boxing is a full contact sport and because of this around 1500 deaths have occurred since the beginning of this sports recordable life, but over the passed decade, through better controls and improved health checks the death rates have fallen slightly... although not completely eradicated ... I believe there have been some 70 fatalities inside the ring since 1998, with 2001 being the worst year consisting of 12 deaths...
But, all sports have there fatalities... (although not as many as boxing I must admit) here are a few examples
* Football... Renato Curi (1977), David John Longhurst (1990), Mohamed Abdelwahab (2006), Marc Vivien Foe (2003) Antonio Puerta (2007)... ... and others
* Cycling... Spains Manuel Galera in the Tour of Andalusia, Fabio Casartelli in the tour de France (1995) and most recently the Portuguese Bruno Neves racing in the 'Classica de Amaranth (2008), and others
* Bobsleighing... Italian Sergio Zardini (1931), American James Patrick Morgan (1981) and German Yvonne Cernota (2004), and others
* Horse racing... Charles Boland (1961), Avelino Gomez (1980), Willy Kan Waai-Yue (1999), Philip Cheng Cheong-tat (2000), and others
* Wrestling... Malcolm Kirk (1987), Gary Albright (2000), larry Latham (2003), Daniel Michael Quirk (2005), and others.
And then there's motor racing, (which has many fatalities), motorcycling, skiing and most other sports....
In fact, the majority of sports are dangerous and can all have fatalities.
* THE PUBLIC OUTCRY...
Many people, including medical bodies such as the BMA, are constantly calling for this sport to be banned because of the damage that it causes to the fighters, usually brain injuries such as clots or severe damage leading to the fighters acting sluggish with slurred speak... this is known as 'Punch Drunk'... but to ban this sport would be a massive mistake as it would simply take the sport 'underground' where there is no real medical attachment leading to many avoidable deaths...
When ever a death occur, (in any sport), there is a public outcry for rules to be changed and lessons to be learnt... but if consenting adults are willing to put themselves forward for what they enjoy then why should the watching public be offended by this..? Why should people want a sport banned if the contenders are more than happy to be doing what they do even though they know the risks involved..?
* MY OPINION...
For me boxing is a sport which teaches people discipline, balance and respect... very much like many forms of martial arts... and if practiced in a controlled situation it is a good form of exercise and confidence builder, giving the participants a feel good factor as they realise their potential...
The sport will always be a dangerous one, probably with many more deaths to come, but as long as the contenders are willing then is it not up to them to put there lives on the line for the sport they love?
And as the medical interventions improve we will hopefully see less deaths with-in the ring....(although the phase 'punch-drunk' will always be associated with boxing).
And before you sit there and start ranting about how barbaric it is for two people to stand face to face and punch each other just think about the fact that that situation probably happens every few minutes outside the local pubs and clubs, only with boxing there's someone there to control it and a team of highly trained medical people ready to step in.
As for the question, IS BOXING WORTH THE RISK..?
I'd have to say YES, if managed in a controlled manner as it will bring respect and discipline to those that want to learn the sport. (With respect and discipline being a very rare commodity from the youth of today).
If you want to give it a go then go to your local boxing club and get some information... it may seem like a brutal sport but it is by far the greatest confidence builder, (along side losing your virginity I suppose).
Summary: It's a personal choice whether to participate or watch but no one's forced into it these days