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Reason First: Ban Boxing Immediately (Part II)

When will it stop?

By Skyler SaundersPublished 5 years ago 3 min read
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This is an appeal to the head. The brain. That most sacred of bodily organs. The heart is but a glorious and glorified pump. That’s it. The cessation of all forms of boxing should go into effect immediately. With the death of the second fighter in one week, Dinamita had his life taken away from him all because of “sport.” After sustaining devastating blows to the head, the pugilist began to bleed from the nose. Hours later, he was dead. And this is what is called a sport of agility and discipline? The tally sheet of deaths by way of moving around the square ring paints a picture of just how cruel the activity can be.

For Dinamita and Dadashev, the boxer who died earlier this week in a similar fashion, it might need to be 10, 20, 50, or 100 deaths in a week before anything is said about the termination of boxing. In the aftermath of Dadashev’s demise, many argued that other sports were just as dangerous. Auto racing, American football, and motorcycle racing have been offered as examples of deadly sports. With the exception of American football, which should also be phased out, these sports don’t involve direct contact and intentional collisions with the human body, especially the head. Additionally, all of these activities feature headgear to protect the brain from shocks and serious trauma.

There ought to be a private boycott of boxing (and increasingly, MMA) because it wrecks the CEO of the body, the brain. No government should be involved in the effort to dismiss boxing altogether. It would be improper for the State to regulate or ban the “sport” altogether. It ought to be up to individuals who care about the mind and thinking over the alleged benefits of training, conditioning, and understanding to personally ban boxing. What is often confused by advocates of the activity is the fact that boxing should continue as warriors in the armed forces fight for freedom. This is a mixture of categories. In one instance, two fighters are pitted against each other to knock the living daylights out of each other while soldiers, sailors, airmen, coast guardsmen, and Marines grapple with enemies of the United States and its allies all in the name of preserving liberty. Boxing is a brutish activity that destroys the brain.

With the deaths of these two fighters, it is possible for people to realize that to get in the ring could mean a tag around the fighter’s toe. Whatever emotion-driven drivel that someone on the internet might unleash on social media, it can never match the fact that boxing is about bashing the brain. It is a goal for the fighter to strike the head in a given bout. While this may seem entertaining, it is actually a vicious display of two human beings focused on damaging brain cells or causing other brain related conditions. Chronic traumatic brain injury (CTBI) happens 20% of the time in boxers. This figure may grow in time as thoughtless spectators, organizers, managers, and all boxing enthusiasts in between seem to get a “gut feeling” or “a tug on their heart strings” when discussing, watching, and ultimately consuming boxing. Nothing could be further from the truth. Only thinking will be able to dismantle and wipe out boxing from every corner of the earth.

There is a method of discontinuing boxing. All that needs to happen is to stop the flow of dollars. Once ticket, apparel, pay-per-view, and other sales begin to drop off for the professional activity, there would be no need for amateur fighters to ever engage in it again. And it takes the mind the recognize this simple fact.

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About the Creator

Skyler Saunders

I’ve been writing since I was five-years-old. I didn’t have an audience until I was nine. If you enjoy my work feel free to like but also never hesitate to share. Thank you for your patronage. Take care.

S.S.

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