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Thread #141457   Message #3255680
Posted By: Jack the Sailor
12-Nov-11 - 01:39 PM
Thread Name: BS: Boxing; cruel, primitive & nauseating
Subject: RE: BS: Boxing; cruel, primitive & nauseating
The refs are hired and paid by the promoters and managers. They have always been chastised for stopping fights "too soon." It is understandable for a boxer to think he has a chance and to want to take a chance on his health even when injury is likely. I think Ali is the best example of that.

Look at the first Rocky film, a simulation to be sure but, I believe very telling. I don't think there is much doubt that even the most careless real world ref would have stopped that fight in favor of the champ way before it went the distance. Yet in the audience, we were certainly not cheering for Rocky to listen to his manager and throw in the towel. I remember even then thinking. "If this was a real fight that guy would be damaged." Of course once Sylvester Stallone became famous one realized that it would be difficult to tell whether the fight had caused damage of if that was just Sly. But I digress.

With due respect, Old dude, I beg to differ. I never blamed the refs. I blamed the fans, the sport and plain old human nature.