Perhaps, and perhaps I'm one, too, because I agree with every word of your post. Boxing is a barbaric 'sport' and should have been banned years ago.
We fancy ourselves as being a civilised society, we have no hesitation in castigating those awful Spaniards for their habit of fighting bulls, yet we continue to allow two men to stand in a ring and hit each other in the head in front of an audience of overexcited spectators, most of whom long for one of the protagonists to be knocked to the floor, unconcious.
"we have no hesitation in castigating those awful Spaniards for their habit of fighting bulls, yet we continue to allow two men to stand in a ring and hit each other in the head in front of an audience of overexcited spectators...."
The difference between boxing and bullfighting, fox hunting, hare coursing etc. is the fact that the animals have no choice, unlike boxers who are well aware of the risks they take. So congratulations to Joe. Long may you reign!!!!!
Really? You surprise me, I would have thought that the average boy starting out on a boxing career hasn't a clue about the risks he takes - his head is full of dreams of glory. Unfortunately the boxing business doesn't seem short of people who are quite prepared to encourage such youngsters to place themselves at risk. In my opinion there's nothing sporting about a contest in which the whole idea is to knock your opponent unconcious, or at the very least to hit him repeatedly about the head and abdomen in order to score points, whilst a cheering crowd gets entertainment from watching you fight each other.
There are hundreds of examples of boxers who have been perfectly OK after a career in this sport. I recall my wife telling me of a little old man she saw in the local doctor's surgery who she thought looked as if he had been a boxer. When she described him I pointed out to her that she had had the privilige of being in the same room as the legendary Jimmy Wilde. This was in Barry in the late 1950's.