The Current State of Boxing

“Someday they’re going to write a blues song just for fighters. It will be for a slow guitar, soft trumpet and a bell.” – Sonny Liston

I enjoyed my boxing class so much the other night. Except after watching the instructor help someone who, unlike me, seemed to at least know how to fight a little, it was clear even to me that the instructor knew what he was doing. I had to ask him, “Why are you here, teaching people like me?” He said he used to train real fighters, but boxing was just too corrupt and he preferred what he was doing now. I remembered hearing that, that boxing was corrupt. Apparently I’m the last to know.

I just finished reading The Shame of Boxing by Jack Newfield. Good fucking lord in Heaven, what a heart breaking state of affairs.

It was written five years ago. Can anyone tell me if anything at all has been done? Has anything improved? I can’t believe this goes on, everyone knows it, and it just continues?? I see that Senator John McCain has been making an effort to reform boxing. Where does it all stand?

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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