Boxing should not be banned.
I say that despite the risk, boxing should continue to be an official sport.
I will accept the burden of proof and begin in Round 2.
The obvious point to make is that boxing is dangerous. A report in the journal Neuroscience estimated that since the year 1900, on average, 10 boxers died from ring injuries each year(https://www.wsws.org...), 10 times more than the shark fatalities worldwide in 2007(http://www.nytimes.com...).
Independent says that "Of these deaths, over 80 percent were due to head and neck injuries suffered in the ring.
These injuries included ruptures in brain vessels, epidural haemorrhage's and subdural haematomas, in which bleeding occurs in the brain" Would you like me to present to you what that looks like or have the words alone already disgust you?
Wikipedia defines duelling as "An arranged engagement in combat between two individuals, with matched weapons in accordance with agreed-upon rules" it also said that "Legislation against dueling goes back to the medieval period. The Forth Council of the Lateran (1215) outlawed duels" Boxing highly correlates with that definition, and so must be banned.
People who get into boxing are typically from hard-knock neighborhoods where they would have to use their fists in the street to protect themselves.
Boxing provides an outlet for people with aggressive feelings. Rather than use their fists against other people when getting upset, boxing allows people to work out their violent energy in a constructive and structured way.
Men in particular are likely to feel aggressive sometimes due to testosterone. It is our natural instinct, and boxing allows for men (and women) to decompress therapeutically through this mental and physical workout.
Another thing is that boxing requires a lot of mental focus and discipline. While some boxers are aggressive outside of the ring, many others have the strict discipline to channel their instincts and wait until they are in the ring.
Nobody calls for horse racing to be banned, even though that sport hurts and kills people every year.
Boxing is not just "barbaric" but strategic. It takes a lot of skill and mental knowledge to succeed.
People who get into boxing know and accept the risks. Obviously getting punched repeatedly can be harmful, but if people accept the possible consequences, it is their decision to put themselves in danger the same way people can choose to smoke cigarettes. Far more people have died from cigarettes and alcohol than boxing but we do not ban those things. We have the freedom to put ourselves in danger.
Boxing also takes measures to protect the athletes. Some call for extra padding in the rings. You could also make sure trainers know how to run a safe gym, and know when to throw in the towel at the right time.
And there are increased regulations to prevent cheating on weight, etc.
Some "rebel neurobiologists" argue that with regulations, boxing can be safe or not as bad as people make it out to be.
People have the freedom to engage in whatever sports they want. Many people are very passionate about the sport. If you don't like boxing you don't have to box or watch boxing.
I've already explained that boxing is a physical outlet. Boxing is also a mental outlet that makes people feel better when they are weak or bullied. It gives them mental toughness and confidence.
Boxing offers a home "to the downtrodden and dejected." It is the sport of the lower and middle class. "In the 20s and 30s, the sport was a haven for tough Jews from the slums of New York... Likewise, the ring has been a home to America"s downtrodden blacks ever since Jack Johnson became the first black heavyweight champion of the world in 1908."
You need to be in great physical shape to box, so it encourages fitness.
People use boxing to learn confidence, discipline and self-defense.
It's better to take out aggression inside the ring than outside the ring.
It gives people opportunity and hope, plus keeps them off the street.
Boxing is not the only violent or dangerous sport, and the purpose of boxing isn't to injure your opponent but to score points. Injury is part of the game, but efforts are being taken to promote safety.
Boxers have used their fame, money and platform for good.
Violence and boxing are here to stay regardless of law. At least let boxing be used for good and try to regulate it to promote safety, rather than have a free-for-all "Fight Club" type scene.
The structure of your argument is very inefficient.
You have repeated an argument several times. This is because you have sorted your points by different sources, rather than by your arguments.
Udel forfeited this round.
SlimmeMan forfeited this round.