And not too long ago, two fighters died of brain injuries after matches -- one in Argentina, the other here in the U.S. Yet the sport never comes close to being banned. In fact, the trend in amateur boxing now is to eliminate the headgear. I see lots of European amateur tournaments on YouTube where the boxers just get after each other for three rounds with no headgear, and it's all sanctioned.
I've been a boxing fan for years (an apparently recessive gene in my mother passed down from my maternal grandfather, just like the horse racing gene) and don't want it banned, but sometimes I shake my head when I think about all the unsavory aspects of it and wonder how it has survived in any form!