Journal calls professional boxing 'attempted murder'
An influential Italian Jesuit magazine condemned professional boxing as "a form of legalised attempted murder", asserting that it has left more than 500 boxers dead over the last 100 years.
Catholic News Service reports that the magazine, La Civilta Cattolica, said in an editorial that the moral judgment on boxing can only be "gravely and absolutely negative."
In addition to suffering tremendous violence, boxers are first exploited, then abandoned by huge economic interests and often finish their days punch-drunk and impoverished, it said.
The magazine's articles are reviewed before publication by the Vatican Secretariat of State and are thus thought to reflect Vatican opinion.
The editorial against boxing appeared in Saturday's issue, about three weeks after US boxer Levander Johnson died from brain injuries suffered in a lightweight title fight. The magazine called Johnson the latest victim of a sport that seems to accept the death of boxers.
"The dead don't count for anything in boxing. Instead, what count are the enormous interests that lies behind boxing matches," it said.
Jesuit magazine calls professional boxing 'attempted murder' (Catholic News Service 14/10/05)
Ban boxing, Jesuit journal urges (Catholic World News 14/10/05)
Boxer Levander Johnson Dies (Associated Press/wtkr.com 23/9/05)
17 Oct 2005