I must have been snoozing — I didn't realize that the ordinance prohibiting professional boxing matches in Glendale had already been amended by the City Council ("Council lifts boxing ban," April 8), now allowing matches on an ongoing basis.
So even though I'm writing after the fact, I strongly believe that the council was wrong and senseless to allow a "sport" whose sole purpose is for one individual to try to hurt, bloody and knock another senseless. I can't deny that to compete, boxers must be superbly conditioned athletes and have super reflexes, but it is still a barbaric sport, more attuned to Roman times.
The trial period apparently showed that matches could be held in Glendale without serious law and order issues, at least during the intense scrutiny of the trial period. It is also understandable that the council wants to provide more revenue for the budget-hurting Civic Auditorium, but the moral price is the OK of a bloody, barbaric sport.