DEATH TO BOXING

The beginning of boxing dates back to ancient Greece and Rome. The population enjoyed watching others literally kill each other with specialized weapons; the beating of fellow men to death served as a means of entertainment to the general public. 18th and 19th centuries came along and brought with them rules and regulations; Gloves, mouth guards, point-systems, and referees. Although changes were introduced, the focus of the sport remained the same: serve your opponent a cold dish of dirt.

Muhammed Ali is currently unable to spit out more than one or two words at a time due to impaired cognitive abilities. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a syndrome resulting from receiving many blows to the head. While concussions are a common athletic injury seen in many sports such as soccer, football, and rugby, only in boxing is the sniper's laser-pointer aimed directly at the brain

Studies show few boxers escape the horrors of CTE, which include: Parkinson's-like syndrome of tremors or paralysis, memory loss, dementia, confusion, and a tendency to fall. Neuropathological evidence suggests CTE is a type of tauopathy and results from inappropriate deposition of the protein Tau within neurons, producing neurofibrillary tangles that interfere with normal functioning of neurons.

Various medical and neurological societies have urged the banning of boxing. While there are fewer boxers today, there is a rise of related sports, such as MMA, that unfortunately place their participants (the victims) on a road to a tenebrific future.

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