In 1995 Gerald McClellan slipped into a coma. His boxing career tragically ended after ten savage rounds against Nigel Benn. During the match it was presumed the American was only suffering from exhaustion; however this was proven untrue after the brutal fight ended. To this day, McClellan remains wheelchair bound with only twenty percent vision therefore resulting in around-the-clock care.
More disturbingly, James Murray, a Scottish bantamweight, died following a barbarous fight against Drew Docherty in 1995 in Glasgow. After collapsing during the twelfth round, the boxer was rushed to hospital but did not receive oxygen until he arrived. Despite doctors rushing manically to remove a blood clot, Murray died a few days later.
There is no doubt that stories like these are regrettable tragedies and no one can deny that there have been over four hundred deaths since World War Two. However, if it were up to me, I would not ban boxing. My reasons for this will be explained later in this essay.
Many people, myself included, find boxing barbaric, savage and uncivilised. It is a unique sport, one of very few where the objective of the game is to hurt and even knock out your opponent. It is argued that the sport is there purely to feed the blood lust that naturally occurs in every human being to some extent. Boxing is designed to kill! Every punch to the head is another nail on the coffin, so to speak.
Referring back to the claim of bloodlust, it is believed that boxing is the modern day equivalent to gladiatorial combat. This was when an armed attacker (known as the Gladiator) confronted other gladiators, animals or criminals in mortal combat for the entertainment of spectators. As almost everyone in today’s society would agree gladiatorial combat was brutal and savage. Who would nowadays want to see a human being killed? The Romans enjoyed watching this. Who knows? In 2000 years people may look back on boxing and think human beings of this time were...