Well...Mike Tyson should just be in jail. He's nothing but a common thug IMHO.
There is a difference between taking the risk of incidental injury in a competitive sport (football, hockey, even wrestling) and *deliberately* trying to knock a guy out. Sure, people get injured in football but the point of the game is to move the ball and score points, not run over your opponent and give them a concussion.
Of course the boxers know what they are getting into. Just as a thief knows he's taking a chance of getting killed when he breaks into someone's home, so does a boxer know he could get a brain anuerism from a blow to the head buts its okey dokey because of the MONEY.
So the two people in the ring are willing participants. Its still just two guys beating each other up for money and a bunch of people cheering them on ("KILL 'IM! KILL 'IM!!") . Why does watching a public beating appeal to so many people? Why does one enjoy watching a person hit and punch someone? There are many competitive sports that pit players against one another where they can show off strength, speed, strategy, etc. but doesn't involve deliberate injury.
I dont see boxers as "atheletes"...just someone making a buck off public violence.
And, Joe, I've done a little "wrestling" in my time. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_l_32.gif[/img] But I've never in my life deliberately struck anyone with the intention of hurting them. I can't imagine doing that.