Two men are punching each other until swollen and often bloody. Everyone is just standing around, but no one is doing anything to stop the violence. Then one of them falls to the ground, seemingly knocked unconscious or nearly dead. Did they get arrested? Was it on the evening news? Yes, but in the sports segment.
I went to my first boxing match in Chicago recently.
Before I even went, I started thinking about this ‘sport’ and asked my friend about it.
“But isn’t it barbaric?” I asked. “Two men just beating each other to a pulp, hurting their bodies?”
“In some ways yes,” Mark said, “but it’s also like the most real sport…just man against man and nothing else.”
I understand his point, but I personally don’t really like it…just watching two men beat each other up. Yes, I know there is intense training and strategy involved – I mean I have seen Rocky and more recently, The Fighter (“Head, body, head!”). But it still seems nuts to me. But I do think it’s still not as bad as any kind of chicken or dog or bull fights where the animals don’t even have a say in the matter.
My friend Elizabeth, who was taking boxing lessons, invited me to watch her trainer fight in a Chicago tournament. Since I’d never been to a boxing match, I figured ‘what the hell.’
The Chicago Golden Gloves boxing tournament has been held since 1923. Over the years, a few boxers, whom you may have heard of, have won the prestigious “Chicago Golden Gloves Champion” title including Cassius Clay, Joe Louis, Sonny Liston and numerous other U.S. Olympians.
Chicago Golden Gloves Charities believes “that training in boxing instills a sense of self-respect and accomplishment in the youth of our community who, at this impressionable age, are choosing their path in life. Thousands of young men, and now some young women, have learned discipline, self-esteem and how to realize goals through daily training at various boxing clubs throughout greater Chicagoland.”
Here’s my video from that night.
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What do you think? Is boxing a good sport or too violent/barbaric?