Boxing Should Not be Banned Essay

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Boxing Should Not be Banned In recent years, there have been many campaigns to try and have boxing banned. Those in favour of banning boxing argue that it is dangerous, potentially life threatening and generally unsafe. It can also be argued that it is immoral to give someone money for fighting with someone else. Those who are against boxing being banned argue that it is no more dangerous than other sports. In this essay, I will critically examine each of these arguments and demonstrate to the reader that the …show more content…

All boxers obviously believe that the benefits of the ancient sport outweigh its negative side. This is shown in their enthusiasm to take potentially high risks in order to gain the rewards of winning. Like all sports, there is an element of danger involved however we have the freedom to decide whether or not to take part in it.

One of the main arguments for boxing being banned is that serious medical injury can result from boxing due to continuous blows to the head. “In boxing when the head is knocked sideways, the brain swirls in the skull, its layers shearing and sliding off one another, tearing vital nerve fibres”. Statistics show that 15-20% of boxers ending a professional career develop the 'punch-drunk syndrome'. This syndrome consists of the brain weakening, loss of memory, slowed speech and difficulty in walking. Also boxing can effect the time of death. A professional boxer dies around 10-15 years earlier than the average life expectancy. People argue that a sport, which can result in players suffering from brain damage and “cerebral ischemia” (“a disruption of blood supply to an area of the brain”) should be banned straight away because of the life threatening risks involved

However, Dr Nigel Warburton, a lecturer in philosophy for the Open University, claims that the number of

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