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derDepperte
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Boxing should be banned

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 2/21/2014 Category: Sports
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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derDepperte

Pro

I will protect my position by defending the debate topic.

Definition of boxing:
Boxing, the physical skill of fighting with fists, originated as a sport around 800BC.[1] It is a sport of antiquity that has had a troubled and contentious livelihood. The modern day sport has developed from rules and standards established since this time; with two participation forms: professional and amateur. Each has its own rules, although for both forms of boxing, a win is achieved by scoring more points than an opponent by delivering more blows to the designated scoring regions of the body (trunk and head), or by an opponent being unable to complete a bout.4 When first started, this sport was designed as entertainment for aristocrats who enjoyed watching two people "slug it out" to the death.[2] That history has continued into the present day sport which is a largely entertainment based activity, with millions of dollars of investment at the highest of levels. The potential dangers of the sport are a double-edged sword - they create both the entertainment aspect that makes boxing popular, but also run the risk of ending the sport altogether. In the 20th Century, approximately 1000 boxers died in the ring, or shortly afterwards.[3] The youngest death was in a 12-year old participant. In the first decade of this 21st Century, an additional 68 participants have died as a result of their participation in boxing. Such deaths are more common in professional boxing, but deaths in amateur boxing have also been reported. Thousands more boxers have suffered permanent disfigurement, detached retinas in their eyes and various neurological complaints. Unfortunately for the sport, the most well-recognised and revered of all of its participants - Mohammed Ali - is now seen shuffling and mumbling as a result of Parkinson"s Disease which many incorrectly contribute to his boxing career. While neurological conditions (including chronic traumatic encephalopathy - which has almost exactly the same symptoms and signs as seen with Parkinson"s Disease) have been reported at high rates in former boxers, Ali is not one of its victims.

Despite a tightening of safety regulations, neurological and non-neurological injuries have continued with this sport[4]. Most medical associations have policies against boxing, including the World Medical Association and the national bodies of the USA, Britain and Australia. Although the tightness of regulations upon boxing varies from country to country, and from state to state within countries, only a handful of countries have any kind of ban in place. Sweden is one country that bans professional boxing, although amateur boxing remains an Olympic sport.

As safety concerns over boxing have grown, high schools in most western countries have stopped offering it as a sport. Yet overall enthusiasm for boxing is at an all-time high; television audiences are up and record numbers of youngsters across the world are joining boxing clubs. In Britain the young Olympic silver medallist Amir Khan, who turned professional in 2005 and quickly won the title of World super lightweight champion, is a popular hero and role model. In a number of western countries where amateur boxing was losing popularity, especially the United States, interest has been renewed in the past ten years by the rise of women"s boxing and by white-collar boxing for office workers in their lunch-breaks. On the other hand, the large number of organisations claiming to be world bodies for boxing (e.g. WBA, WBO, IBF, etc), each with their own world champions, has damaged the credibility of the sport. Many people have also disliked the sight of aging former champions coming out of retirement in their forties or later, tempted by one last big purse.

Reasons:
Boxing is a barbaric sport, and it shouldn't be allowed in the 21st century.The British Medical Association has repeatedly called for a ban on boxing or a removal of the head from the permitted target areas. The body of medical evidence is growing that suggests even if a boxer survives individual bouts relatively unmarked, the cumulative effect of a career in boxing can lead to a greater susceptibility to chronic neurological injury. A doctor who has studied the effect of boxing on Parkinson"s specifically says that boxing causes unnecessary harm. He writes, "Unlike most degenerative neurologic diseases, this disorder can be prevented."[1] Although the incidence of injury is much higher in sports such as basketball, rugby or riding, the risk of serious injury in boxing is far greater. That risk is so great that boxing should be banned. A ban, quite simply, would mean fewer people dead, injured or permanently brain damaged.

Conclusion: the statements above prove the topic in how it should be banned.
Stalin_Mario

Con

My opponent has clearly stated that he wants to have boxing banned; however it is unclear if he wants both professional and amateur banned or if he only wants one of them banned. None the less, I will continue my argument with the sense that he wants both, professional and amateur, banned.

Before I begin, I want to note that there are a lot of safety precautions when it comes to boxing, especially amateur boxing. {1} Amateur boxing has many rules that are geared for the safety of the precipitant. Amateur boxers have to wear gloves and headgear, which provide lots of protection. Also the match is stopped when there is much bleeding, cuts, and/or swelling around the eye of the boxer and also when the referee feels that the boxer is over matched. These alone prevent many Injuries and deaths for this sport.

Banning something will make things worse. It has been proved time and time again that banning something usually leads to a black market. If boxing was banned, then illegal "back door" boxing matches will increase drastically, meaning more deaths and injuries as these "back door" matches have little to no safety precautions. Banning boxing will just make "back door" boxing more popular as consumers will want to watch boxing, whether legal or not, and will pay lots of money (which wont be taxed) on illegal boxing. Also more boxers will join these unsafe matches, as that is how they make money.

If you're going to ban boxing, then you have to ban almost every other sport that involves psychical injuries. {2} For those of you who don't know, boxing isn't even on the top ten on most "dangerous sports" lists. {3} Surprisingly horse back riding is more dangerous than boxing. Should we ban horse back riding? No of course not. Then why ban a sport that is less dangerous?

Banning boxing goes against people's freedoms. Banning a sport because you think it is too "barbaric" is an awful reason to do so. If we banned every sport that people didn't approve, then we wouldn't have any sports to play at all. Also what about the people who love boxing? Why should they have to suffer because someone like you finds it "barbaric"? People should have the freedom to risk their lives on doing something they love. If they know the risks that come with boxing, then who are you to stop them? Also many people make a living from boxing, why should you be able to destroy their entire career and potentially their life because you don't like it. Also the entire boxing industry makes a lot of money, too much in my opinion(I'm not a fan of boxing by the way); banning a sport so popular like boxing, would bring a massive blow to the economy (and if you don't know, our economy needs all the help it can get).

Why ban something that isn't harming anyone other than the people who chose to do it? People boxing each other does no harm to you. The only people who get hurt in boxing are the people who actually box. They know the risks that can come with boxing, yet they still do it, whether it be love for the sport or for the money, it really doesn't matter.

That is all I have for now, I would have written more, but I have a very busy schedule. I hope my argument has changed your stance on this, if not, then I will be waiting for your next argument.

Sources:

{1} http://boxingontario.com...
{2}http://www.kidzworld.com...
{3} http://cr4.globalspec.com...
Debate Round No. 1
derDepperte

Pro

derDepperte forfeited this round.
Stalin_Mario

Con

My opponent has failed to post his argument. Please vote CON!
Debate Round No. 2
derDepperte

Pro

derDepperte forfeited this round.
Stalin_Mario

Con

My opponent again has failed to respond. Please vote CON!
Debate Round No. 3
1 comment has been posted on this debate.
Posted by Aanand 3 years ago
Aanand
Congratulations, Stalin Mario!!!
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Vote Placed by STALIN 3 years ago
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