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Is boxing under threat?




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Is boxing under threat?

It is, but not just from the perennial abolitionists - the problem being that we're nearing the position where a 'perfect storm' is brewing for those who would like to see boxing legislated out of society.

Society is changing, whether we like it or not, it's becoming sedentary – hence rise in obesity rates. There are differing activities available - kids addicted their xbox or parents who would just prefer them do anything rather than take up boxing.

There's less opportunity to take up boxing for those who wish to - decrease in clubs - especially those in Local Authority owned accommodation. Some small towns that once boasted two or three boxing clubs thirty years ago now have none.

The amateur code's governing body, AIBA, has further muddied the waters by iits attempt to professionalise amateur boxing. So much for any argument distancing amateur from professional boxing when a tragedy occurs in the paid ranks.

AIBA, aside from anything else, are dividing the sport, often at National Federation level. To me, BABA and ABAE seem to be incongruous and, unless there is majorchange, could not effectively co-exist. Furthermore, both AIBA's strategy and their modus operandi are ill-conceived, misjudged, and wholly detrimental not only to the growth but to the survival of the sport. AIBA are undermining their own sport and doing damage that leaves amateur boxing under intense negative scrutiny.

Professional boxing doesn't fare much better. Alphabet world titles, poster-boys such as Mayweather and Broner making headlines for the wrong reasons. oncetop promoters earning reputations for not paying boxers, loss of television interest, and the occasional tragedy (though one is one too many).

I could make the counter-arguments along the lines of 'non volenti fit injuria', or how boxing compares in relation to injuries in other sports etc - but there are times that it doesn't seem right to argue one way or the other. That argument is for the cold light of day, and not the immediate aftermath of such a tragic loss.

Luigi's question was 'Is boxing under threat?' Yes it is. He could easily have gone one step further and asked 'Can boxing survive?'

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