Defining Boxing

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Defining Boxing

Money obsessed barbarism or a persecuted sport?

Boxing is one of the most controversial, currently legal sports in the

western world. Some argue that it is a barbaric game, nothing but a

negative influence on youth, promoting violence and causing injury to

poor, exploited working class men. The arguments of the anti-boxing

lobby that you will hear may include - it is expensive to take up; it

is not entertaining; it encourages violence and that it can lead to

deaths and injuries.

[IMAGE] To start, we will look at the first argument. They say boxing

is expensive to take up, what exactly do they mean? Do they mean that

it is expensive to join a boxing club or group? My father, my brother

and I go to a boxing club in the Moodiesburn community centre,

everyone is allowed to take part equally and no-one pays to go in, yet

if I were to join a Gym or Health Club, it may cost me hundreds of

pounds and I would probably be limited in the activities I could take

part in, without paying extra money. Do those who appose boxing mean

that the equipment necessary for boxing is expensive, when they say

the sport is expensive to take up? If I was to buy bandages, a

gumsheild, boxing boots, boxing gloves, a skipping rope and a punch

bag, I may pay around £150 for quality set of these (from

Boxing-zone.co.uk), but I could have access to the gloves, punch bag,

and skipping rope for free at my local boxing club. Still, £150 may

seem a bit much, then again if I wanted to start skiing for example, I

may have to pay around £400 for the skis alone (from BizRate.com),

never mind the rest of the equipment or the expensive lessons you

would have to take. Boxing is in fact not very expensive to take up

compared to other sports and is easier to take part in than something

like skiing as you do not have to go to far away resorts and such, you

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