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Boxing and its increasing trend in Pakistan

In sweet science, boxing refers to fighting for “prize”. A boxing match typically consists of a determined number of three-minute rounds, a total of up to 12 rounds. A minute is typically spent between each round with the fighters in their assigned corners receiving advice and attention from their coach and staff. The fight is controlled by a referee who works within the ring to judge and control the conduct of the fighters, rule on their ability to fight safely, count knocked-down fighters, and rule on fouls. Up to three judges are typically present at ringside to score the bout and assign points to the boxers, based on punches that connect, defence, knockdowns, and other, more subjective, measures. Because of the open-ended style of boxing judging, many fights have controversial results, in which one or both fighters believe they have been “robbed” or unfairly denied a victory. Each fighter has an assigned corner of the ring, where his or her coach, as well as one or more “seconds” may administer to the fighter at the beginning of the fight and between rounds. Each boxer enters into the ring from their assigned corners at the beginning of each round and must cease fighting and return to their corner at the signalled end of each round.

It is a martial art and combat sport in which two people engage in a contest of strength, reflexes and endurance by throwing punches with gloved hands. Records of the classical boxing have disappeared after the fall of Western Roman Empire when the wearing of weapons became common.

In contrast to modern boxing, early fighting had no rules. There were no weight division or round limits and no referee. Basically, very chaotic. Under these rules if a man went down and could not continue after a count of 30 seconds, the fight was over. Hitting a downed fighter and grasping below the waist was, however prohibited.

Facts state that the first newspaper on boxing was published in the early 1700’s by a wrestler named Thomas Parkyns who was a physics student of Sir Isaac Newton. It was a manual that entailed a system of head butting; punching eye gonging chokes and hand throws not common in modern boxing.

On the flip side of the coin “modern boxing stance differs from the above mentioned typical one. It has a more upright-vertical-armed guard as opposed to the more horizontal, knuckles-facing-forward guard adopted by the early 20th century hook users such as Jack Johnson.

Boxers practice their skills on two basic types of punching bags. A small, tear-drop-shaped “speed bag” is used to hone reflexes and repetitive punching skills, while a large cylindrical “heavy bag” filled with sand, a synthetic substitute, or water is used to practice power punching and body blows. In addition to these distinctive pieces of equipment, boxers also utilize sport-nonspecific training equipment to build strength, speed, agility, and stamina. Common training equipment includes free weights, rowing machines, jumping rope, and medicine balls.

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This stance followed in all the countries including underdeveloped countries like Pakistan. In this stance the boxer stands with the legs, shoulder width apart and the rear foot a half step in front of the lead man. In this situation both the feet are parallel and the right heel is off the ground.

The leads fist is held vertically about six inches in front of the face at eye level. Modern Boxers often sometimes can be seen tapping their cheeks or foreheads with their fist to remind themselves to keep their hands up.

Pakistan owns a “Pakistan Boxing Federation” which has successfully managed to promote amateur wrestlers and boxers to take part in the amateur boxing championship 2011. It hopes to send these children/teenagers and to train them for the 2013 also.

PBF is the governing body of amateur boxing in Pakistan. It is an instrumental in Organising boxing matches in Pakistan.

Pakistan has seen success at amateur level boxing despite  the lack of necessary equipment and facilities, by winning medals at Olympics and common wealth games, for example Muhammad Ali who won Gold medal at the 2002 commonwealth games. Ali has, however, transcended the sporting world and has become an international presence, more recognizable than most presidents and historical figures.


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Drugs and Pakistani youth

Social acceptance has opened gates for drugs in such modern times. Pakistan, an Islamic state, where youth is apparently expected to indulge in to activities in accordance to what the religion demands, an increasing number of children are getting addicted to dangerous drugs for example, heroin.

Where on one side “lack of awareness” in uneducated children motivates and inspires them to deviate and to follow “socially evil” actions the other side of “apparent aware” and educated students in colleges and universities have their own “explanations” of taking these drugs.

It is not like there are no ways that can be implemented to avoid such circumstances or to make the existing situation better. It is just that the “weak” economic conditions of this country makes providing help and support to assist these teenagers and to cater to their psychological needs, in the form of rehabs, almost impossible.

Factually speaking, almost five per cent of the adult population has already been addicted to drugs across the country keeping Pakistan at the top of the list among the countries which are affected by this scourge.


“One of every ten students at college or university level is drug addict.” I, for one, can no doubt relate to this statement. It has only been a few weeks that I lost a good friend of mine. His drugs of choice were charas (cannabis), the most commonly used substance, sedatives and tranquillizers, heroin, opium, injecting drugs and use ecstasy tablets.

He was the only son in his small family and he had a lot more to see. But, like define it, he committed a “socially evil suicide”. His death was not shocking and was called for as all the doctors that he attended had told him that they have “given up” on him. He had been paying official visits to rehabs. It is 2007 that I am talking about when he took off from college and I saw him wasting years and years of his life just sitting at home in his village far away from the city, practicing social isolation, doing what he liked doing. But soon after God called it a day and he lost hold of his life last Saturday when he slept and never woke up again, as his heart caught a cardiac arrest during night time.

International newspapers have printed and I am quoting that “In Pakistan, this problem is increasing because of proximity of production (poppy in Afghanistan) and smuggling and illegal drug trade into Pakistan. The absence of ‘cohesive approach’ has led to continued drug trafficking and proliferation in Pakistani Society.”

It is saddening that there is no social end to this “psychologically contagious” habit that is developed. However it is important to keep pooling in to create awareness of the serious consequences that drugs have attached to them, through different portals.

In my opinion Pakistani youth has a lot more on its shoulders to pay heed to than such criminal-to-self actions that have not only successfully driven us away from society but also has driven us away from our God and religion.