Hello all boxers!
I'm considering learning to box, yet I still need to find a gym. Unfortunately, I have no insurance at the moment (I have been living in Austria for the past couple years). I need to know the actual risks. I know the sport consists of beating the crap out of each other, but how easy is it to receive a broken bone (or nose!). Also, I'd REALLY don't want to get brain damage.
What is the likelihood?
You can box for fitness. Hard boxing workouts are more physically demanding than almost any other sport. I've known guys who never stepped into a ring to compete, yet worked two hours, five days a week in the gym. Some light sparring, with head gear...
The most common injury in the ring is getting cut. The most common injury in training are hand injuries. This is why one must learn how to properly wrap their hands. I preferred Mexican style wraps (with thumb loops) for training. Also, you want the best gloves available for heavy bag work. Specifically, bag gloves. Typically in the 12 to 16 oz range. Hand protection is very important, as a hand injury can end your training for months, in some cases..