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    Default Do Boxers/fighters have anger issues?

    I really wonder this. I like boxing but when I watch it I start to ask myself why they beat each other up and how they can do that all the time? I rationalize that they must be angry and taking their anger out on someone!

    It makes me wonder if they would be more likely to beat someone up outside of the ring????

    Am I totally off? Please tell me I am and why.

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    I really wonder this. I like boxing but when I watch it I start to ask myself why they beat each other up and how they can do that all the time? I rationalize that they must be angry and taking their anger out on someone!

    It makes me wonder if they would they be more likely to beat someone up outside of the ring????

    Am I totally off? Please tell me I am and why.
    I'll speak from several years of experience with Muay Thai, BJJ, and Wrestling.

    The gym and fighting serve as an outlet for aggression, and in my humble opinion, lowers the aggressive tendencies of those who participate.

    I think fight sports serve to focus aggression and express it in a productive way.



    P.S. - whether fight sports tend to attract those with higher than average levels of aggression is another question entirely.

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    I agree with Disco, better they fight in a consensual, controlled/regulated situation than having those violent urges pop up somewhere less appropriate.
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    Yeah, just think of it as a sport. It's not exactly fighting, as there are a lot of rules to play by and train with in mind. Some don't even fight with that much fierceness or emotion at all. They fight strategically and purposely take fights the whole 12 rounds, in order to win by points. These aren't the actions of someone who's pissed off.

    There are a few exceptions - most infamously, Mike Tyson. He's a true fighter. More fighter than boxer, and seems to make it personal half of the time. His skills were completely revolved around knocking people out and making the other guy's "kids cry". Once people started forcing him to actually play it as a sport, he lost.

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    I had the thought that they could be more prone to violence outside of the ring but I just don't feel comfortable with it. It doesn't seem right or accurate or maybe it's a bad stereotype? I don't want it to be true!

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    If they're on certain drugs and supplements they can definately be more aggressive. I don't think just participating in the sport makes a person unreasonably aggressive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Giggly View Post
    I had the thought that they could be more prone to violence outside of the ring but I just don't feel comfortable with it. It doesn't seem right or accurate or maybe it's a bad stereotype? I don't want it to be true!
    I don't know. Sugar Ray Leonard and Roy Jones would still be scary to fight, but they came more from an Olympic background.

    Some other guys grew up rough, but they might have a lot of religious beliefs (like George Foreman).

    Some might think they're tough, but don't actually handle themselves in streetfights well apparently. Mike Tyson got in some fights with boxers on the streets and completely destroyed them. That was his type of game. They weren't truly violent, like Tyson. Like this guy Mitch Green.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Giggly View Post
    I really wonder this. I like boxing but when I watch it I start to ask myself why they beat each other up and how they can do that all the time? I rationalize that they must be angry and taking their anger out on someone!
    It makes me wonder if they would they be more likely to beat someone up outside of the ring????
    Am I totally off? Please tell me I am and why.
    it doesn't always have to do with anger, it's more based in sheer, instinctual aggression, which is present in varying degrees among humans (more often in males). thus, some people (again, more often males) are driven by thrill seeking, combat and adrenaline rushes, and boxing can provide this (personally it's not a trait I share, and one I am continually baffled by. why would someone deliberately seek out an intensely painful situation?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elfboy View Post
    why would someone deliberately seek out an intensely painful situation?)
    Most wouldn't think like that to begin with. They think about winning. Look up Muhammad Ali quotes. He's not only funny, but has the most incredible ego ever.

    "I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was."

    "If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologize."

    "It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself."

    "Life is a gamble. You can get hurt, but people die in plane crashes, lose their arms and legs in car accidents; people die every day. Same with fighters: some die, some get hurt, some go on. You just don't let yourself believe it will happen to you."

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    Quote Originally Posted by KDude View Post
    Most wouldn't think like that to begin with. They think about winning. Look up Muhammad Ali quotes. He's not only funny, but has the most incredible ego ever.
    "I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was."
    "If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologize."
    "It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself."
    "Life is a gamble. You can get hurt, but people die in plane crashes, lose their arms and legs in car accidents; people die every day. Same with fighters: some die, some get hurt, some go on. You just don't let yourself believe it will happen to you."
    so you're saying, the following traits would probably be present in someone for whom boxing was an ideal career choice
    - ego driven
    - desire to prove themselves/desire for external feedback
    - intensity junky
    - doesn't think much of/care about physical pain
    - competitive/likes to win

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