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Boxing for kids – a new ACT export?

By Gungahlin Al 13 April 2011 23

Channel Ten News has had a story of a 10 year old girl participating in a boxing competition.

They report that New South Wales sets a minimum age of 14 for people of any sex to go boxing, so this kid (and presumably her parents) just trucked across into the ACT, where the minimum age is just 10, for her first competition bout.

So we’ve discovered a new export industry have we?

I’m pretty sure the medical fraternity would be queuing up to explain why boxing at such a young age is setting the kid up for lasting brain damage.

So Minister Corbell, why does the ACT warrant so much more lenient laws?

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Rangi 10:03 am 08 Jul 11

I have been involved (many years ago) with a fair few ‘fight nights’ as we called them I never liked the junior fights, the kids were carefully controlled and never hurt, but every time, one or both of them would end up crying and their coach would encourage them to continue.

IMHO, I don’t think the young kids are emotionally equiped to to deal with the one on one fight aspect. They were never forced to compete but there was I suppose a sort of peer pressure to do it from the exticement/hype of the event .

shadow boxer 9:14 am 08 Jul 11

My goodness there is some crap in this thread

exhibit a you need to get knocked out twice to get brain damage
exhibit b orthapedic surgeons are stupid
exhibit c parents pay to watch kids getting hurt because they get pleasure from it
exhibit d you get more hits to the head from AFL than boxing

I love UFC and boxing but seriously it shouldn’t be allowed until the age of 16 when kids can decide for themselves.

Bussie 9:56 pm 07 Jul 11

vg said :

“You only have to look at some of the current boxers try and string a sentence together to find out the ‘real’ effects of boxing”

My orthopaedic surgeon was a former national amateur boxing champion and then a professional fighter for a number of years….but you see that isn’t newsworthy

TBF orthopaedic surgeons are generally considered to be quite stupid by other doctors.

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