Scottish boxer Mike Towell has died in hospital despite “fighting to the end” after he was seriously injured in a bout. The 25-year-old suffered a fifth-round loss to Dale Evans on Thursday night, in a fight at the Radisson Blu hotel in Glasgow and was taken to Queen Elizabeth university hospital.
The heartbreaking tragedy sparked a new wave of support to ban boxing as a contact sport. But fans argue that a boxing ban is too extreme, and that all sports have some level of danger.
Charlotte Leslie, MP for Bristol North West, is a huge advocate for boxing. She argues boxing can even keep kids out of trouble. That's why banning boxing sounds ludicrous to her.
Boxing is not for everyone. I can appreciate why people do not like, or condone a sport where the aim is to knock your opponent out, and I do not ask them to. But those who would ban it must explain why their aesthetic preferences should be imposed on others who support and partake enthusiastically in boxing. Where does that moral monopoly come from?
But boxing isn't like other sports. When injuries occur in most sports, it's an accident. In boxing—it's intentional, and many critics think it's barbaric.
It’s not risk that makes boxing inappropriate to modern life. Risk sports are more important than ever: life is so comfortable for many people that they seek adventure and are the richer for doing so — and sport is the world’s most accessible adventure. Most sports require serious physical commitment, and the best demand a little courage even to take part. Everyone gets hurt now and then.
Barnes—like many others—believes boxing is unnecessarily violent and leads to serious injuries or even worse—death. Unfortunately, hurting your opponent is the point of the sport.
How many more brain injuries or deaths will it take to ban professional fighting?
Mike Towell died after an "altercation" which was watched by a paying audience. Time to ban boxing, to stop glorifying fighting.