Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Boxing

Wrestling is a bit of fun, essentially as professional wrestling is generally faked, and especially interesting if the participants get an extra special prize, humiliating to the competitor, if the they win. Ok, that might have been on a video a friend forced me to watch. But what is the story with boxing?

In boxing a man, and sometimes a woman, punches the other person until the person is either senseless, unconscious or survive long enough to hear a score by points. 'Tis a queer thing. Even more queer is while you can smash their face into bloodied smithereens, you can't target their 'nads or given them a chop on the back of the neck and maybe there is something about kidneys. I think you can punch them in the throat though, if that is your desire.

In 2015 this is still legal? You can assault someone with your fists legally until you knock them out cold?

There are the Marquess of Queensberry rules about boxing, which may be some conscious consolation to a boxer who has killed someone but stayed within the rules.

There is also something called cage fighting, banned in Victoria, but allowed in New South Wales.  Cage fighting lobbyists argue that Victoria's economy is losing out because of the ban.

I have heard of No Holds Barred Wrestling too. Not sure what that is about but hopefully as faked as normal wrestling.

Maybe as an anachronism boxing will live on, but like whipping horses to make them go faster and making them jump over barriers they would not really choose to, these hangovers from crueller times surely must go. Ban these cruel animal practises, along with cock and dog fighting, and if consenting adults want to bash another person's brains in and another wants to be on the receiving end, within the law, maybe it is up to them.

Yeah, just so odd that such barbarism lives on, simply put, that you can physically assault a person until they are bruised, bloodied and unconscious and it is all quite legal.

16 comments:

  1. Interesting that wrestling is a popular sport in US colleges and, of course, it is one of the oldest, long standing of the Olympic sports where originally the participants competed nude.

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    1. Victor, I believe naked wrestling is still practised in Turkey, but our sort are unwelcome spectators.

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  2. Legal within the boxing ring, but do that out on the street and land in jail.
    I've never liked boxing. Even now with mouthguards and padded helmets, there is too much chance of brain injury, not to mention broken bones. I just don't understand how this still carries on. Why volunteer to have your nose and/or cheekbones broken? Eyes damaged? Brain damaged? Just doesn't make sense to me. (and cauliflower ears are just plain ugly)

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    1. River, I think it would politically quite a difficult thing to outlaw, but I am sure in time people will see sense.

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  3. I really, really don't understand it. And even less do I understand violence as a spectator sport.

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    1. "Young man, do you enjoy punching someone in the face until they bleed?" If the answer is yes, then he has a problem, I think.

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  4. Andrw, maybe it is nice sposrt for some people bu for it is definitely too violent and aggresive

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  5. Cage fighting lobbyists can argue, if they want, that Victoria's economy is losing out because of the ban. But I would bet that most Victorians have never heard of cage fighting (except in nasty snuff films from abroad). In any case, Victoria should never accept dirt money for cage fighting.... or bear baiting, cock fighting or gladiatorial battles.

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    1. Quite so Hels, and that's what it would be, all about filthy lucre.

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  6. I don't care for boxing, it's senseless, appears to be violent. When I come to think of it, so are the old cartoons, yet we laughed at them :)

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    1. WA, my brother and I used to practice our Three Stooges assaults on each other when we were kids, but we never hurt each other, that I recall.

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  7. I've never understood the sport, if you can even call it that, of boxing Andrew and even less that people go and actually watch it.. Crazy!

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    1. Grace, the spectators are perhaps worse than the participants.

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  8. It is strange to think it is still legal and that people surround the ring jabbing and cheering on one or the other.

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    1. Strayer, perhaps humans need a violence outlet. I suppose it is better to fight with a consenting adult or watch, than it happening on the streets. Not too many female boxers though are there. Tells us something.

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