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

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