A popular sport amongst athletes and bookworms alike in London is the new sport called ChessBoxing. The idea here is that the individuals have to push themselves mentally and physically and at the same time. The participants undergo a strenuous physical round of fighting, and then immediately line-up against their competitor to engage in a game of chess.
Imagine competing in a round of boxing, physically exhausted, only to pursue a mind numbing game of chess immediately after. This is the self-proclaimed ‘ultimate experience.’
While the game sounds self-explanatory, the experience is definitely not.
An apparent black eye is fixed on the world of boxing. This black eye has diminished a once great league and shown the world the downside of greed, corruption and personal gain within sports. Though there is always a brighter say around the corner, this day may not be seen for awhile.
In the meantime, a few boxers are trying to cover the blackness with giving, goodness and community gain. Such athletes as Danny Green, a former Australian IBO Cruiserweight Champion, has turned the frown upside down on the league and has “been raising money for charity by being involved in the prestigious Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race which set sail from Sydney.”
In more recent efforts, DeAndre Latimore and a few prospects have joined Team Fight to Walk. The charity groups mission is to raise awareness and funds for spinal cord injuries within the boxing world. Prominent boxers such as Floriano “L’Italiano” Pagliara and Will “Power” Rosinsky have also joined the battle.
Though the black eye is is still apparent, efforts like those described will eventually overcome the greed and money grabbers of the league. Fighters, trainers, promoters and those in charge all have something to contribute. Through repeated good there can only be a positive reaction.
Officially, boxing started as a match between two men, 3 minute rounds, gloves and a bout until the ‘finish’. The first official fight, credited by many historians, was between James Corbett, also known as ‘Gentleman Jim’, and John L. Sullivan. Though Sullivan was much more impressive in stance, ‘Gentleman Jim’ proved that lofty footwork and supreme hands could overcome a bigger, overpowering man. In the 21st round, James put down Sullivan and proved that skill overcomes.
Though there were many bouts before this, this fight opened the door for modern era boxing.
“Fight one more round. When your feet are so tired that you have to shuffle back to the center of the ring, fight one more round. When your arms are so tired that you can hardly lift your hands to come on guard, fight one more round. When your nose is bleeding and your eyes are black and you are so tired that you wish that your opponent would crack you one on the jaw and put you to sleep, fight one more round – remembering that the man who always fights one more round is never whipped.” –Gentleman Jim
As a recent judge, Harry Reid discusses his view on the fight. Good insight.
Another controversial event occurred within the world of boxing. The Bradley–Pacquiao fight was certainly a thriller but, as many claim, ended with the wrong victor. The Filipino boxer and politician was suppose to win another fight and continue on his way as one of the world’s greatest. Bradley was suppose to put up a challenge but, according to everyone’s scorecards, was not suppose to demand a win from the judges.
In an unexpected turn of events, the fight concluded with Bradley as the winner.Though the scorecards show that Pacquiao landed 34% of his punches and landed almost 100 more than Bradley, the judges felt that Bradley won despite the evidence.
Is the world of boxing hurting because of this calamity? Or is the skepticism drawing in a reaction that means more views, money and support from fans? Certainly tarnishing a reputation that Manny has garnered over his career is something the boxing world would never do. However, and many skeptics point out, the boxing world has been crumbling for years and this fight was the icing on the cake. An injustice was done. So, who’s to blame?
A discussion between boxing and UFC.
What do you think? Is boxing a ‘dying breed’?
Is MMA and UFC the new fighting sport?
Will there be any boxing greats in the near future?
Or, is this even a discussion?
Certainly, the world in the ring can be intimidating. The opponent bobs and weaves and thrusts his hands at the opponent with vicious intent. The point of the sport, after all, is to win by points or knockdown. The first one down or most punches landed upon is called the loser and has to accept fault in front of the on-watchers. There is no team in the ring. There is one boxer against another boxer. One will win and the other will lose–it is as simple as that.
“Once that bell rings you’re on your own. It’s just you and the other guy.”
This intimidation continues outside of the ring as well. Most boxers begin their career finding gyms that support boxing training and continues into sparring. While sparring can occur in a controlled environment, often with protective gear, the intent is the same–to intimidate the opponent with vicious combinations. The only way to learn is to get back up again. Any boxer will tell you that getting knocked down is part of the game that even the best fighters had to learn.
The NHL is a league that holds it’s players accountable and their actions responsible. If, for example, a player acts out of accordance of the rules they are either held in the penalty box or have to explain their actions to Brendan Shanahan. Shanahan has become the leagues disciplinary head. He reviews plays and actions and considers suspensions and/or fines for players. And lately, he has had his hands full.
Just recently, the NHL playoffs exploded with hay-makers, hair-pulling and body-slams. These actions are meant to be reserved for wrestling matches, but they were evident in almost every playoff match over the weekend. However, this type of violence is often viewed with a smile by the players and coaches. In fact, in a recent poll the players voted 99.5% to 0.5% to NOT ban fighting. Players are often quoted on how they think fighting adds to the intensity and overall enjoyment of the game–both for them and for the fans.
With that being said, it should be noted again that the players will be responsible for their actions and that the NHL, with the aid of Shanahan, will review, suspend and fine where necessary. The players are responsible for their actions and the NHL is responsible for the punishment.