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    Does Boxing encourage violent behavior?

    http://www.kut.org/items/show/9062

    Interesting local story that has been aired globally via the Beeb. For several days the report was the man was beaten to death by a mob of Juneteenth celebrants. The Beeb's initial report was that the man was LYNCHED, I guess giving props to Texas' wild west reputation. In this case the beaters were black and the beatee of Mexican heritage though I'm not sure of his citizenship.

    Turns out the man was beaten by 2-4 persons, with the local boxer getting fingered first. Interesting report which includes an interview with Ann Wolfe.

    The headline seems inflammatory since more people are maimed or die from soccer riots than in any other sport.
    Last edited by Roberto Aqui; 07-09-2007 at 11:56 AM.

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    You know what?

    I'd like to kick the person's ass who wrote this story.

    Wait.....

    Hawk

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    Re: Does Boxing encourage violent behavior?

    Was the GG boxer at all violent before he became a boxer? Did he become more violent after he took up boxing than he was before he took up boxing? Were there any other inputs into his life other than boxing that might explain any (purely hypothetical) changes in his behavior? Was he exposed to other messages extolling violence? Did his friends and other persons in his group make statements suggesting that violence is sometimes an appropriate response to a situation? Did anyone make any attempt to rule out the effect of those messages, or measure the effect of those messages, in changing him from his previously (purely hypothetically) less violent self to his subsequently (purely hypothetically) more violent self?

    More broadly, has anyone ever conducted anything like a controlled before-and-after study to determine whether people who engage in boxing, or people who watch boxing, are more violent (however that is measure) after taking up the sport, or after becoming spectators of the sport, than they were before? And, again, has anyone attempted to sort out other potential inputs that might contribute to any such change in behavior or attitude?

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    Re: Does Boxing encourage violent behavior?

    Boxing doesn't encourage violent behavior, but many boxing decisions do. PeteLeo.

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    Re: Does Boxing encourage violent behavior?

    Well, it certainly doesn't discourage violent behavior, but neither do many, many other things in society today.

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