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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 Queensberrys 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
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