Should Society Throw in the Towel on Boxing

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Originating from the Ancient Greeks over 13 centuries ago, boxing has been a highly anticipated, globally entertaining sport watched by millions. However, today's society has began to raise an eyebrow over the relevance of boxing in today's age. Many, without much knowledge on the sport, would argue that it causes fatal injuries, brain damage and illnesses that boxers will have to live with for the rest of their lives. Some say it shows the dark side of sport for younger generations and ties them up in a life of violence. The envious, middle-class working men would criticise some big-time boxers financial stabilities and the money used in boxing. On the other hand, people who have a better insight into boxing and know more about it, would disagree that it should be banned for many pivotal reasons. For example, boxing is organised, it has many regulations. Boxing can be used merely to keep people fit and healthy and living an active lifestyle. It can promote fitness to younger kids. Boxing also provides a better lifestyle and a good job. Personally, I believe boxing should not be banned.

Boxing has been given a bad reputation by many over the injuries sustained by retired boxers. Many boxers, after retiring, have grown to develop diseases and prolonged injuries in the latter stages of their glamorous lives. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons say that 90% of boxers sustain a brain injury. Many boxers suffer brain damage, with a punch by a fellow boxer estimated to feel like having a 12lb padded wooden mallet being hit off your head at 20mph. Being hit on the head can cause fractures to the bone of the head and face and tissue damage in the brain. A single blow can damage the surface of the brain, tear nerve network...

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...the boxing world is full of positives and negatives, however i feel as though if people want to participate in this sport then why should others stop them. If they consider it a threat to their kids then introduce their kids to other sports other than boxing. If boxing rights are taken away from people then it will decrease physical lifestyles in many aspects and demote fitness and weight loss for many in their own boxing match with their health. Boxing has been around for many centuries, so why stop now? If it is participated in a stable controlled environment with two boxers fighting by choice, then what is being done wrong?

Works Cited

www.theguardian.com/parkinsons-disease-muhammad-ali

www.forbes.com/the-worlds-100-highest-paid-athletes

idebate.org/banboxing

www.newscientist.com/boxing-dangers

wikipedia.org/boxing

menshealth.about.com/boxing/fitness

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