DISCUSS | Should Women Box?

Monday, July 16, 2012

Franchon Crews backstage before her championship fight at the USA National Tournament in Colorado in June 2011. She won. (Sue Jaye Johnson)

Listen to Go For It: Life Lessons From Women Boxers and join us in conversation. Tell us whose voice or thoughts made you think. Do you believe women belong in the ring? Why? Why not? 

If you’re a boxing fan, we want to hear your answer to the question: Why embrace a sport that exposes you to serious dangers? Would you want your wife or daughter to box? And your dad? Same answer or different story?

If you’re a girl, have you ever been discouraged from doing a sport because it’s too rough?

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I train in MMA so I don't box exclusively, but boxing is an Olympic sport, so any athlete who wants to do the sport trains in it: women box, as do men, boys, girls, teens, seniors, anyone looking to learn and/or compete in the sport. It's such a part of NYC culture that my Dad used to go to Gleason's in Brooklyn to hit the bags and practice sparring when he was a boy.

As part of MMA, martial artists learn boxing combos, bag training drills, and sparring, so boxing it's an integral part of the sport. How to move your hands in conjunction with your feet is so very important. It's vital, really.

We also learn elements from judo, muay thai, kickboxing, boxing, karate, wrestling, grappling, and bjj. It's a combo of what we calling a "standing game", which are moves executed while punching, striking, and kicking, with a "ground game", which are the mat-based sports of BJJ, Judo, wrestling and grappling. Mix them all together and you have Mixed Martial Arts!

Keep fighting, ladies. It's an uphill battle for us ;)

Jul. 23 2012 12:35 PM
Lissa Harris

Is your dad a woman? What's with the red herring there?

I fail to see why gender is relevant. Boxing is dangerous, or it isn't. It's not worse for a thing to be dangerous to women than it is for a thing to be dangerous to men.

I want to learn to box. I have for years. Watching it pushes every fighting/adrenaline/sports button I've got. But I don't want it enough to risk brain injury. I'm a fencer -- a one-on-one combat sport with a lot less head trauma -- and I think if I couldn't find anyone to fence, I'd have to pick up a pair of gloves sooner or later.

Jul. 16 2012 10:30 PM

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