Professional Boxing

             Professional boxing has been around since the nineteenth century. Yet today, many years on, arguments as to its recognition as a sport, in regard to the dangers involved, are still a common occurrence among sports enthusiasts and the general public alike. Many boxers have suffered serious injury, brain damage and even death. Supporters of the sport point out that these can also be consequences of a game of football or rugby. Many would say that this justifies boxing.
             Boxing has a long history, a history of many superior battles of body and mind and of exhibitions of the limits of human strength and also a history of lives being taken for entertainment. However for many people boxing is their life. With many coming from backgrounds with little opportunity, discovering boxing has given them something they can do well. Furthermore boxing seems to legally satisfy a hunger among our race for the crudest form of physical competition.
             Moreover, many boxing enthusiasts would even question the singling out of their sport for such a debate. Boxing, they contend, cannot be viewed as any more dangerous, or damaging, than activities such as motorcycling. In fact competitors in most sports face dangers which could result in serious injury or death. Those who oppose boxing however think that there is a great difference between the injuries and deaths in boxing and those sustained in other sports.
             Since the introduction of Queensberry's Rules, supposed to make boxing safer, over five hundred deaths have occurred as a direct result of boxing. Nevertheless deaths and other injuries do occur in other sports. Importantly, though, there is a difference between these other sports and boxing. When there is an injury in a sport such as rugby or football, it has been caused through the breaking of rules or by accident. In boxing, on the other hand, the main aim of the boxer is to render his opponent unconscious, therefore infli

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