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
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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