Boxing as a Sport

To get the complete experience of boxing, you have to box against another person. There can be the fear of getting hit that comes with being green or yellow, and that generally subsides. But boxing another person to improve seems avoidable, right? Wrong. I do not mean you have to KO everyone you box, but rather, you have to put everything you’ve learned and done into practice. Offense, defense, footwork, tactics and so on can be separated for ease of learning, but they are incomplete when separated. Again, to get the complete experience of boxing, you have to engage in the sport either by simply sparring or otherwise.

Boxing can be brutal. The idea is that two men (or women) are pitted against each other in combat, the objective of which is to win by points or by a KO. Others take it a little further and see boxing as a sport where you pound on another human. Whichever way you can think of it, boxing can be brutal and safety cannot be overstated in this sport. In some circles, I’ve seen outrage over boxing as a sport. Such people tend to think that, because boxing involves hitting another person, it is an immoral activity. Of course, we do not think that it is immoral, but there is a point to be made about the idea of boxing as a sport given that the objective of it is to hit another person.

Boxing boils down to the two objectives of hitting and not getting hit. Each and every boxer has these two objectives, discounting some strange people who take up boxing and have only one of the two objectives. These two objectives are equal to each other as far as a boxer is concerned. But as far as a spectator is concerned, which includes those who find a problem with boxing as a sport, boxing is about the first objective which is hitting the other person. This is why judges do not score based on defense. This is generally why some boxing fans complain about boxers like Floyd Mayweather Jr. Don’t get me wrong; boxing is exciting when a match is brutal like the Bradley vs Provodnikov fight. So from the outside looking in, boxing seems to be dangerous and vicious. From the inside looking out, boxers are not just getting hit in the head and body over and over; all boxers are trying to defend against punches just as much as they are punching. No one wants to get hit and not hit back. Boxing cannot be said to be an immoral activity if both participants are willing and able to defend and attack each other.


Author: Le Ho

I am currently a law student at the University of North Carolina Law School. As an undergraduate, I boxed for Carolina and earned its first men's national championship title.

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