Sport: Boxing Shadows

The bittersweet science

At the base of boxing, there is something so great and so grotesque, so pure and so corrupt, it stirs you and makes you shudder. It is undefinable as a passion and indefensible as a sport. The only way boxing can be discussed is in the context of a caveman's sport, and the only way it can be understood is if you love this sport, God help you.

Beyond all the square rings and vicious circles, beneath every blob of nose and billow of scar tissue, there is a common majesty, a simple valor—so basic, so appealing, so appalling....

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