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Post by OasisBFC on Sun 23 Sep 2012, 9:18 pm

I've always had an interest in it, from watching Bruno and Benn with my dad as a youngster but i was never a die hard. It just crept up on me and now I'm like i assume the rest of you are, constantly online reading and watching boxing and boxing related material.

But why am I a fan? I can't answer that conclusively but there is something in me, being around boxing action stirs something in me nothing else does.

I love how they push their body to the limit before they even step through the ropes. They do things that few sports men do, physical pain is part of their daily routine. And in the ring they are literarily putting their lives on the line in a hope of one day being able to demand a decent pay day and a title.

And I admit, i LOVE seeing great knock outs. The sadistic part of me coming out maybe?

It's a form of the oldest sport in the world - an evolution of gladiators and beyond even.

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Post by ShahenshahG on Sun 23 Sep 2012, 10:48 pm

I like hitting people in the face.

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Post by sweet_pea on Sun 23 Sep 2012, 10:51 pm

my answer is best by taking a section of your post:

But why am I a fan? I can't answer that conclusively but there is something in me, being around boxing action stirs something in me nothing else does.


i dont follow any other sport either..
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Post by owen10ozzy on Sun 23 Sep 2012, 11:50 pm

I like yourself Oasis enjoy the dedication shown by boxers. To commit oneself to such an activity for what is, when comparing to the risk they put themselves in, mediocre money fascinates me. Lest we forget that only a very select few who choose Boxing as a way of life actually make the money of the Mayweathers of this world.

The fact that a fight can change in a split second is another thing which I find thrilling about boxing. Make a mistake in the 1st minute of a football match and you have the rest of the game to rectify it....make a mistake on the 4th hole in a Golf major and you have another 14 holes to make it up but in this sport that 1 mistake can be curtains. You don't get much more thrilling than that.

However...I will always remember one thing that a fellow boxing fan said to me once....as horrible as it sounded at the time it stuck with me and probably sums up best why we as humans may enjoy boxing:

Basic human behaviour is to fight...whether it be to strive to get somewhere in life or to fight for survival.

Violence is a part of every human being whether we wish to admit it or not. For some a need to act out violence is the kick...for others watching violence is the thrill. It is a natural human behaviour which you cannot get away from. Some people refrain from ever allowing it to surface but it is still their while others enjoy the adrenalin rush which it brings and are not afraid to admit it through the enjoyment of physical sports!

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Post by horizontalhero on Sun 23 Sep 2012, 11:56 pm

Partly just out of habit for me now I guess, having been in or around boxing since my mid teens I guess it's a bit like a smoker with a habit. The sport certainly wouldn't attract me now as it did when I was young, but for some reason I can't give up on it, despite the fact that I find it bloody infuriating half the time.

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Post by ShahenshahG on Mon 24 Sep 2012, 12:04 am

My uncle was local boxer and he was the only adult from my uncles at the time so when my parents went to work he was saddled with me. So quite literally was in the boxing gym before i could walk. The flippant answer I gave at the beginning is true - it really is therapeutic. Like horizontal I've been disillusioned with boxing from time to time but couldn't ever give it up. MY uncle drifted into kickboxing and muay thai for a while and his club closed down but I recall those days with clarity and fondness.

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Post by All Time Great on Mon 24 Sep 2012, 12:20 am

I do tend to fall in love and out of love with boxing to be honest.

My hatred for fights that are bound to be one sided (e.g prime fighter vs. fighter in their twilight years), or when the best fights out there are not made.

But, nothing gets my juices going when there is a real fight made between two coin tosses. It doesn't matter if it's brutal or a tactical battle- you can't beat the anticipation of a real pick em' match up (Domestically and internationally).

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Post by neilodonnell on Mon 24 Sep 2012, 12:14 pm

I love the build up, the weigh in, the press conferences, the hype. It's not just about fight night for me.

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Post by huw on Mon 24 Sep 2012, 12:50 pm

For me there is something noble yet also something very basic in boxing.

The idea of two people being matched against each other, trying to hit someone whilst not getting hit back in what is a very small area just displays the very simple complexity that is boxing.

Over the years I have become more of a purist, admiring the abilities of the likes of Sweet Pea and Mayweather over the aggression of the Tysons. Initially it was the other way around but now, seeing a KO especially a brutal one doesn't draw me to the sport but in fact pushes me away - hard to explain.

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Post by Mind the windows Tino. on Mon 24 Sep 2012, 12:57 pm

Now there is a welcome return to the board if ever I saw one.

How are you, huw? And welcome back.

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Post by Lumbering_Jack on Mon 24 Sep 2012, 1:02 pm

Pretty simple, I like fighting, either watching or taking part.

More of a football fan these days, rather spend my hard earned cash following Newcastle than a sport which aint exactly excelling at the moment.

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Post by huw on Mon 24 Sep 2012, 1:07 pm

Mind the windows Tino. wrote:Now there is a welcome return to the board if ever I saw one.

How are you, huw? And welcome back.

Thanks Tino, I'm sorry I was late, saw the new season of strictly had kicked off and thought I'd better get myself over here sharpish. Couldn't find a single article on it - evidence that this board is going downhill?

Have been more of a reader than contributor due to work restraints.

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Post by Mind the windows Tino. on Mon 24 Sep 2012, 1:13 pm

huw wrote:
Mind the windows Tino. wrote:Now there is a welcome return to the board if ever I saw one.

How are you, huw? And welcome back.

Thanks Tino, I'm sorry I was late, saw the new season of strictly had kicked off and thought I'd better get myself over here sharpish. Couldn't find a single article on it - evidence that this board is going downhill?

Have been more of a reader than contributor due to work restraints.

Don't worry buddy, once the show starts for real, I am sure Jeff and myself can manage to sneak a few references in.

Rest assured, your official Strictly Come Dancing thread will live long in 606v2 legend.

Glad to see you back, anyways.

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Post by seanmichaels on Mon 24 Sep 2012, 1:19 pm

I don't really like boxing that much at the moment. Much like my love of football, it is currently being ruined by money. Had boxnation since the start and probably tuned in 2 or 3 times. Warren has mugged me off big time.

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Post by neilodonnell on Mon 24 Sep 2012, 6:30 pm

I even just like trawling box rec for stats and stuff. God, I need to get out more!

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Post by School Project on Tue 25 Sep 2012, 1:51 am

The moment two men walk through those ropes, they are truly on their own. No teamwork no one to fall back on... They are soley in control of the outcome.

It's the sweet science. The styles that mix well, the beauty of brutality (Gatti v Ward) and the whole build up. Nothing gives me a buzz more than those final seconds before the bell rings...

Sure some fights are stinkers, but when you appreciate a pure boxing match or an all out brawl there's nothing better.

I can't get the same feeling for MMA as I find something a little primal about elbowing and kneeling someone about and hitting a man when he's down. It seems thuggish to me.

There's also the respect shown after the fight. Nothing is more warming than the story of Gatti and Ward sharing a room in hospital after their second fight to watch it back and comment how good the other guy was.

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