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Boxing Down for the Count The tenth edition of Merriam-Websters Collegiate Dictionary defines boxing as the art of attack and defense with the fists practiced as a sport I could be mistaken but there is a certain emphasis placed on the idea that boxing is practiced as a sport It is rather ambiguous Is boxing a sport to begin with Is boxing something else that is just practiced as a sport Is it can it or should it be practiced as something else rather than as a sport Maybe I am just making too big a deal out of a simple definition here Nevertheless this simple definition of boxing gives rise to one question we should all take some time to answer should boxing be practiced as a sport Examination of medical findings and statistics and re-examination of our views and goals as a modern society will lead us to the one inevitable conclusion considering boxing as a respectable sport just flies in the face of decency and civilization and therefore it should be banned Somehow boxers and supporters have deluded themselves into thinking that boxing when properly conducted is safe The classic justification goes something like this boxers are not two brawling brutes seeking to maim or kill each other they are two closely matched athletes seeking through the use of such skills an footwork timing accuracy punching and feinting to determine who is the better man in the ring Farley 26 Unfortunately dead boxers tell a different story A study on dangerous contact sports conducted by Patrick Malone of the Knight Ridder News Service in 1980 revealed that from 1970 to 1978 in America there was an average of 21 deaths per year among 5500 boxers or 38 deaths per 1000 participants compared to college footballs 03 deaths per 1000 and high school footballs 01 deaths per 1000 Sammons 247 Another more recent study conducted by the National Health
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