Wednesday July 15, 2020

On the ropes: why boxing can’t escape its own shadows

Mired in controversy, plagued by corruption and tainted by association with gangland figures, the sport of boxing continues to stagger through the mire – holding up an unflattering mirror to its own fans in the process

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer

@whytebarry
27th June, 2020
Boxing is a sport that has always been tangled in dense thickets of moral and ethical questions

I once spoke with a neurologist — I won’t name him — who, in mildly agonised tones, described to me his internal torment over his love of combat sports such as boxing.

As a specialist medical professional, he knew it was just about the worst thing one can do to a brain. Encouraging people to support – or worse, participate in – a career spent whipping punches into a soft and vulnerable brain...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader

Trial

€1

Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.

Annual

€200

€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.

Quarterly

€55

€42

90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

The former Leeds United centre-half steered Ireland to Euro 88, Italia 90 and USA 94 as a manager, transforming not just Irish football but its wider society in the process

Barry J Whyte | 3 days ago

The rugby tournament kicks off in August with a truncated season of 15 games

Róisín Burke | 2 weeks ago

The consultancy giant, which was paid more than €1 million in advisory fees by the FAI over 20-plus years, first filed a warning about the association’s accounting records in 2019

Róisín Burke | 4 weeks ago