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In recent years, there have been many campaigns to try and have boxing banned

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In recent years, there have been many campaigns to try and have boxing banned. Those in favour of banning boxing argue that it is dangerous, potentially life threatening and generally unsafe. It can also be argued that it is immoral to give someone money for fighting with someone else. Those who are against boxing being banned argue that it is no more dangerous than other sports. In this essay, I will critically examine each of these arguments and demonstrate to the reader that the sport of boxing should not be banned. I will provide evidence that can fully justify my comments. Firstly, I do not think anybody can argue against my strongest point, which is that every single boxer in Britain takes part in the sport on their own accord, and are not being forced to fight by anybody else. Everyone, if given the opportunity, has a right to take part in what ever sport he or she wishes and therefore it is a human right. Some may say that tagging boxing a 'voluntary' sport is too simplistic a view. ...read more.

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should be banned straight away because of the life threatening risks involved However, Dr Nigel Warburton, a lecturer in philosophy for the Open University, claims that the number of deaths from boxing in England and Wales between 1986 and 1992 was just three. This is quite interesting as in the same time period there were seventy seven deaths in motor sports, sixty nine in air sports and fifty four in mountaineering. From these statistics it can clearly be seen that boxing is a far less dangerous sport than many others and by no means the worst sport. However more recent facts show that last year three men died as a result of injuries during a boxing match, whereas in show jumping, the fatality list was almost double that of boxing. This also shows that the outcry from some parties for a complete ban on boxing is outrageous. Dr Warburton said, "If you wanted to minimize the number of actual injuries in sport you would be far better coming up with better rules for motor sports or rock climbing". ...read more.

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Do you think that it is right for children to hear or see about the things that Mike Tyson has done? Are rape, assault or biting someone's ear off the kind of things you want your children to see? However, it could be argued that many other idols from the world of sport and pop might not be ideal role models for children. Boxing has been banned in Sweden for the past thirty years. However, the Swedish government is now planning to lift this ban, as they believe it is illogical, especially given the increasing popularity of other fighting sports that are not prohibited. There are many justified arguments in favour of banning boxing however there are also numerous arguments in favour of boxing. If boxing is to be banned I believe much more research is required. However in my opinion boxing should not be banned but more safety measures should be taken. Safety helmets could be used in professional fights as well as amateur fights and rounds could be shortened. Also I believe that the boxers know what they are getting themselves into, so surely it's for them to weigh up the pros and cons. ...read more.

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