'It is long past due date to get rid of boxing' - NZ Medical Association chair

Long Lunch 15/11/2018
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The New Zealand Medical Association is calling for a total and immediate ban on boxing, not just the charity bouts but all boxing.

There’s no justification they say for a sport whose basic intent is to produce bodily harm by specifically targeting the head. And let’s be honest, if you have been to a boxing fight, you don’t want to see a points decision do you? You want to see a thumps to the head, see someone go down, that is the whole point of boxing.

Of course, this follows the death of Christchurch builder and father of three, Kain Parsons, after a charity boxing match in Christchurch earlier this month. He was just 37 years old. He was just trying to raise some money for a worthy cause.

Already we’ve seen Boxing NZ decide to cut all ties with these kinds of corporate charity boxing matches and there have been a lot of calls for stricter regulations when amateurs do get in to the ring.

After Mr. Parsons’s death, the Minister of Internal Affairs also announced she’s seeking advice on whether more can be done to make charity boxing events safer.

Medical professionals aren’t convinced though, they don’t think that new regulations or rules are the answer. They want a total and immediate ban.

Speaking on RadioLIVE’s Long Lunch, the chair of the NZ Medical Association, Dr Kath Baddock, says she has “no idea why you would want to indulge in or participate in a sport where you deliberately hit each other hard enough to knock each other out as the ultimate points scorer in a boxing match.”

Dr. Baddock has simply had enough and wants to make it very clear, “It is long past due date to get rid of boxing”.

Listen to the full interview with Dr. Kath Baddock above.

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