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What's the point of boxing?

  1. open-minded profile image59
    open-mindedposted 9 years ago

    My friends are watching boxing right now and I can't understand how they enjoy watching 2 men hit each other?  And boxers, why would you willingly hurt yourself?

    1. Ron Montgomery profile image61
      Ron Montgomeryposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Boxing is a barbaric activity.  I too am puzzled as to why anyone would consider it entertaining.  The "point" is to damage the opponents brain sufficiently to cause unconciousness.  Over 500 boxers are known to have died since 1900 as a direct result of injuries suffered in the ring.  The professional participants are almost always from desperately poor backgrounds.  Other sports have associated injuries, but boxing is the only one I am aware of where severe injury to the opponent is the primary objective.

    2. emievil profile image77
      emievilposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      This reminds me of a conversation between my friend and her new friend almost twelve years ago, only they were talking about basketball. My friend is a big fan of basketball and when she asked her new friend what he thinks about basketball, he replied, "I don't like it, and I don't know why people like watching some people chase an orange ball around the court." Liking or not liking sports is a personal preference. Going into boxing is also a personal choice. Like GeneralHowitzer, I am from the Philippines. A lot of young men here, as young as 12 years old, go into amateur boxing because they think this is where the money and the glory is. They don't mind getting hurt and the fact that the world number one pound-for-pound king (Manny Paquiao) hails from our country inspires them even more to go into this sports.

      1. GeneralHowitzer profile image75
        GeneralHowitzerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Well said there dear. It's matter what preference your into, things that maybe boring to them can be very interesting to other people. Diversity makes life interesting to live with...

        Thats the key words to unlocking this topic.
        I like basketball most that's why I watch NBA a lot, because I derive excitement and ekes out ways of relaxing from it.

        Same reasons why there are people who loves to watch the brutal but lucrative boxing.

    3. Drew Breezzy profile image69
      Drew Breezzyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      smashing your opponents brain in smile

      for respect

  2. Anti-Valentine profile image96
    Anti-Valentineposted 9 years ago

    For ages people have liked to watch that sort of thing, since the gladiators in the arenas, and probably before that.

    I like watching boxing sometimes, but MMA, like UFC or Strikeforce, is even better.

    I'm not much of a fan of team sports.

  3. open-minded profile image59
    open-mindedposted 9 years ago

    I agree that people have done it for ages but aren't we more civilized now. 
    The way I see it, maybe farmers ages ago started cock fighting as a past-time but should we do that still?  They cheered with pitchforks in their hands and not HD cameras smile
    When we talk about dog fighting, we know it is inhumane but we encourage people to do it!

    1. Bob Cedar profile image49
      Bob Cedarposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      There's a difference between boxing and dog fighting. People choose to box, and dogs are basically forced to fight. It has nothing to do with being civilized, some people enjoy the adrenaline of watching people fight. Doesn't mean they are less civilized than the person that doesn't. It's like Capable Woman said, boxing is an art. It's like with ballet, to me ballet is super boring, but to the person that adores it they see this beautiful art and science on the stage because they know what they are looking at. And what all goes into it.

      1. earnestshub profile image89
        earnestshubposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Ballet also causes pain and injuries esp. the feet.

  4. Jewels profile image85
    Jewelsposted 9 years ago

    I don't find it entertaining. Same as wrestling. It bores me to be honest.  Yawn!

  5. tksensei profile image60
    tksenseiposted 9 years ago

    Human beings are violent, aggressive animals. Make no mistake about it. It is highly civilized to confine outlets for that aggression to highly controlled contests like boxing. There is a beauty to the skill, determination, and courage expressed in such demonstrations of control over a potentially dangerous aspect of our true nature.

  6. profile image0
    \Brenda Scullyposted 9 years ago

    what is the point of anything??????

  7. Capable Woman profile image61
    Capable Womanposted 9 years ago

    Boxing is a sport and an art. To the untrained eye, it may be boring or brutish, but to a fan who understands a little about it, it is fascinating.

    Go on youtube sometime and watch videos of bar fights, street fights, etc. and then watch some classic boxers at work (Mohamed Ali, Roy Jones, Floyd Mayweather would all be good places to start). You will begin to appreciate the difference between a "fight" and a boxing match immediately.

    Also, to learn more check out the following links: 

    http://www.ehow.com/how_2041747_underst … match.html

    http://coxscorner.tripod.com/boxingskill.html

    Hope this helps. smile

  8. RKHenry profile image78
    RKHenryposted 9 years ago

    Boxing!  Hear me ROAR!!!

    I love the sport.  I love the stances, jabs, sweat, the figures;  judges, officials, trainers, the bands, the crowd, the blood, the knock out, the overall spirit of a great boxer, ........!

    I love everything about the sport.  Boxing is one on one.  It is about endurance and drive.  It is about partnerships, goals, inspiration, strife and will.  I watch boxing almost nightly.  I am a student of the sport.  Can one such as myself, be allowed to love it, just because?  I hope so.

  9. skydiver profile image73
    skydiverposted 9 years ago

    What's the point in anything! There are lots of sports where you are likely to suffer more serious injuries than in a boxing match, horse riding for example. I never heard of a boxer breaking his neck.

    1. RKHenry profile image78
      RKHenryposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah, back in the 80's, and 1930's.  But, boxing like with any sport has changed.

  10. wychic profile image86
    wychicposted 9 years ago

    I often wondered what the point was for the contestants myself. Now, my significant other is an ex-boxer who got pretty badly beaten up in every fight despite never losing in 23 fights. He loved it, it gave him a chance to get out all his considerable aggressive energy without committing any crime. When he finally got beat up bad enough, he switched to semi-pro hockey. I'm guessing that, like him, pretty much every boxing contestant really doesn't care about pain. At any rate, in the heat of the moment adrenaline dulls the pain and what comes later obviously isn't bad enough for most.

    So...expend aggressive energy, get an adrenaline rush, and match your strength and skill against another well-trained person. From the contestant's point of view, as long as you don't mind pain there's really no drawback.

  11. Anti-Valentine profile image96
    Anti-Valentineposted 9 years ago

    It's an aggressive outlet too. I mean, if you try to beat someone up on the street, you'd get arrested, so these angry young men are lead into it. Look at Mike Tyson- the man was an emotional wreck, and still is, and people jumped at the chance to get this man into the ring where he could take out his frustrations.

    He said himself that if he had discovered something else, he would have gone with that instead of boxing.

  12. Lunalu profile image52
    Lunaluposted 8 years ago

    It's funny, I also can't understand it. But my father love this sport.

  13. GeneralHowitzer profile image75
    GeneralHowitzerposted 8 years ago

    Boxing is big here in our country Philippines, with Manny Pacquiao's winning ways he is now widely adored here.

    I guess the reason why most people love it,  because this sport shows the bruteness and character of a brawn man and for most of us here, our country's pride and honor of our nation is at staked here.

    Like for instance being a macho is a big factor here in our country. If your tough, people here will like you very much.

    In world centerstage, everytime Pacquiao wins people here feel very proud of it and they get ecstatic.

    But alzheimer's disease will likely await those boxers who fought a lot during their prime, tsk tsk tsk...

 
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