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SHOULD BOXING BE BANNED? For many years there have been sporadic calls for boxing to be banned, these are often put forward by medical associations of some kind after a boxer has died from injuries sustained during a fight, the most common of which is the BMA the British Medical Association. Here are some reasons why boxing shouldn't be banned. Boxing has responded over the years to these calls about banning boxing by making alterations to the thickness of gloves, outlawing some types of punches e.g. blows below the waist have recently been banned, instructing referees to stop fights earlier, enforcing better medical supervision and reducing the number of rounds. Boxing does not have the highest per capita number of injuries or deaths, there have been three hundred and sixty one deaths worldwide since 1945, which is a very small amount compared to other sports. Supporters of boxing point out that the contestants are making an informed choice to get in the ring and that no one is forced to do it or forced to watch it.

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Should boxing be banned?