An obiter dictum on boxing as a metaphor for life…

I just saw a clip of Naseem “Prince” Hased in the ring, and it reminded me that I don’t mind trash talk and grandstanding, as long as you can back it up when it counts. And Hased certainly could back up his trash talk, for a while, at least. Unfortunately, his trash talk betrayed a sloppiness as a professional fighter that undermined his huge potential as a scrapper.

As much fun as a showboater is, I prefer cheering for the perceived underdog, generally a more subdued character, which is why watching Barrera’s victory over Hased (his only loss) was just as exciting as Hased’s usual antics. Barrera fought “old school” and, except for a couple overreactions to Hased’s “antics”, he didn’t resort to any flashy moves.

I’m not a huge sports fan, but I did lots of sports in high school, and still consider myself an amateur adult athlete. I used to be a bit of a trash-talker, but with age I’ve shifted more to the quiet, Ferdinand-the-Bull style of performance.


About The Codgitator (a cadgertator)

Catholic convert. Quasi-Zorbatic. Freelance interpreter, translator, and web marketer. Former ESL teacher in Taiwan (2003-2012) and former public high school teacher (2012-2014). Married father of three. Multilingual, would-be scholar, and fairly consistent fitness monkey. My research interests include: the interface of religion and science, the history and philosophy of science and technology, ancient and medieval philosophy, and cognitive neuroscience. Please pray for me.
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2 Responses to An obiter dictum on boxing as a metaphor for life…

  1. Tony Jokin says:

    I do like watching sports sometimes but I do have a dislike toward Boxing or UFC.

    Every time I see it, it just gives me this feeling that we are heading back to the Roman days of gladiators fighting in the ring for entertainment.

  2. Tony:

    I think there’s a world of difference between boxing and modern MMA. I dislike MMA very much. I honor wrestling as the king of all sports, and boxing as a classical expression of athleticism. Truth be told, gloves have made fights ever harder on boxers. Bare-knuckled matches were over when a hand or some other critical area was injured (jaw, eye, etc.), sparing the boxers’ brains from endless rounds of heavy thudding. Cuts and fractures heal up easily; brain damage does not.

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