Boxing – Should Brothers Fight Brothers?
Posted by Nancy on July 13, 2011
One thing that boxing has in common with many other sports is the fact that often members of the same family pursue the same sporting activity. Most of us know families that have leanings toward a particular sport whether it be baseball, football, tennis, golf, boxing or a host of other sports. Not only is it common for family members to enjoy participating in the same sports, sometimes they end up competing against each other. Such was the case for the well-known Manning brothers, Peyton and Eli, who both have careers in professional football. There is also the high profile example of the Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, who are professional tennis players and who have often been matched up against each other.
While it seems acceptable that brothers might meet on the football field or sisters may face each other on the tennis court, it is a bit harder to stomach the idea of brothers putting on the boxing gloves and squaring off against one another in the ring. Boxing can be a rather brutal and punishing sport where opponents can suffer devastating and life-long consequences from a fight. Given this fact, it is difficult for many to watch brothers inflicting this type of punishment on one another.
Currently there are two brothers from the Ukraine, Vitali and Wlad Klitschko, who are top tier professional boxers. It is conceivable that they could be pit against one another for a championship fight in the near future. Will that happen? Not according to these brothers who long ago promised their mother that they would never allow themselves to get matched up against one another in the ring. The brothers feel that such a pairing would be a no-win situation. There are many who tend to agree with the Klitschkos and feel that there are some boundaries that should not be crossed.