@ Howard Davies: Howard is on the money. Boxing is …

Comment on Knock-out concussion causes irreversible brain damage by John Bell.

@ Howard Davies: Howard is on the money. Boxing is the art of self defence. It gives troubled kids a sense of discipline and self worth.
Police latched on to this as a social rehab tool many years ago. Police Boys Clubs flourished. The anti-boxing brigade should spend a week or a month in a sawdust gym. Kids learn to take a whack on the nose without getting angry. They learn to defend themselves. And you can see them grow. Jamesy Swan is the perfect example of the benefits of this art.
Just ask old Fred. And GK Ross. The Gap gym. I think the anti-boxing brigade would get something really positive to think about.

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Knock-out concussion causes irreversible brain damage
Boxing has a long Olympic Games tradition that gets around the problem of the KO.
Athletes wear protective head gear, get specific points for certain punches and are monitored closely by the ref.
The moment that the ref thinks an opponent cannot properly defend himself or herself, e.g. has difficulty keeping hands up, the fight is over. Three rounds makes it an art of self defence, not a 12 round slugfest.
Professional boxing is different. Chalk and cheese. But it is what people want.
Kostya Tszu epitomised the absolutely magnificent athletes that these pro warriors of the ring actually are.
It is the trainer who brings respectability to the contest.
Johnny Lewis agreed to coach Kostya on one condition only … that it was the trainer’s right to stop the fight if he judged that Kostya would get too hurt if he continued.
Against Ricky Hatton in Manchester, at the end of the 11th round, Johnny did just that, even though the fighters could not be separated on points. Kostya was really dirty on Johnny for a day or so afterwards. But his family thanked Johnny.
We should be targeting UFC, not boxing.
It is disgusting thuggeey that promotes street violence. You can see the difference in the fans it attracts every Sunday arvo at the Olympic Hotel. Appalling and un-Australian.


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Strewth. A Federal prison in the Alice. The mind boggles. It could be filled immediately with Feddie ratbags and bushrangers for whom warrants are still outstanding from Traeger Park days of the 60s, 70s and 80s.
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