In spite of all the regulations, deaths and serious injuries take place every year in boxing.
And they happen in amateur fights as well as professional ones, so headguards seem to make little difference.
It is also about thousands of hours of hard training and self-discipline - that’s not a bad message to send to young people.
Sports such as pro-wrestling, where violence is staged like a show are much more dangerous.
Injuries happen in other sports but they are accidental.
In boxing the injuries are the point of the sport and they are much more serious.Should the government stop them spending their own money as they wish?Many boxers do handle their money and other affairs sensibly, for example, Evander Holyfield, or Lennox Lewis.Often those around the boxer do very well at his (or her) expense. Some boxers have been exploited, and that is wrong.This gives them a reason to make the fighter take more fights, even if that would be dangerous. And some have “wasted” their money on high-living - just like rock stars or footballers do.Fighting often breaks out at publicity events, or even in the audience.Boxing isn’t just about a few minutes of violent activity.At least in boxing it is obvious that getting hit hurts and does lasting damage.In any case, most boxing is on television too late at night to have much effect on young children.Clearly it is not possible to control boxing well enough so that it is safe. Those in charge of boxing work hard to make sure that it is as safe as possible.Both professional and amateur fights are run under very strict rules to make the risks as small as possible.