Boxing is the hardest of sports. That’s why we love watching the sport so much. Fighters show immense courage and determination, putting their health at risk in pursuit of glory. Every boxer who steps into the ring deserves respect, regardless of what they tell the media before or after the bout. We have to remember fighters are our entertainment and without them, we can’t watch the sport we love. This post is trying to explain what I can see for fighters to stop getting brain damage from a fans view.
The first point is, fighters should be fighting at their natural weight. Fighters shouldn’t be allowed to boil down to a weight limit and then rehydrate substantially. We need a law, which makes fighters fight in the correct weight. Moving up in weight is fine, but moving down should be examined. At the moment we have fighters who boil down to a weight, through cutting fluids and extra sauna sessions. By the time the fight arrives, 24 hours after the weigh in, they have put on 20 pounds or close to it. So we essentially have fighters who weigh in at the welterweight limit, fighting in the ring at Middleweight. We need to find the right outcome. Fighters shouldn’t be allowed to drain themselves excessively to make a lower weight class, but with enforcing this comes the risk of making sure fighters are at the correct weight. A bone density and natural weight should be recorded by sanctioning bodies which advises fighters about what weight class they could fight in.
Punishment is the second and major concern. Some fighters simply take to much punishment. This is while they are in the prime of their career. I can think of one sad case where one of my favourite fighters is still having bouts, well past his best. When he was in his prime he was taking beatings, but usually winning wars. Now that power has betrayed him with old age and he is now the one consistently loosing one sided beatings. Sure the argument is we should let fighters do what they want, but if they are on their way to a serious injury or illness why can’t we stop them before it’s to late? My main concern is, usually one sanctioning body will ban a veteran fighter from a bout. But he will simply fight in another state with the other sanctioning organization approving the bout.
I also think it’s not a good idea to have family in fighters corners. The relationship is to close and sometimes, family pride can lead to a late stoppage. I have seen corners where the fighter informs his father, he is in no way allowed to stop the fight, regardless of the beating his fighter (his son) is getting.
Boxing is good to watch. Always fun. It’s rewarding for top level fighters. But we need to also protect our fighters from serious damage and permanent injury. It’s our responsibility and the reason why our sport needs a superior and federal level sanctioning body.