Originally Posted by Ricky123
fair points but the reason why character is so key (as well as sporting success) is it is the fundamentals on which every human being should aspire to.Indeed Ali has mentioned it in his book as well about the philosophies of life which he learnt through others over the course of his life in "the soul of a butterfly" .
Aspiration is important, role models are our ideal, but let us not forget in boxing, you build your body, hone your skills to win, now that could be by cutting your opponent, separating your opponent from his consciousness, or even god forbid your punches could kill or brain damage your opponent, could this damaging of another be a thing to aspire to or to role model upon?
It is of course a sporting contest carried out within strict rules, but we cannot escape from fact the aim is to 'damage' your opponent and him you. So using the champions of the noble art as aspirational ideals/role models is fine but even if they are polite, family guys, who attend church, give money to charity etc etc their 'day job' is a 'violent' one.
The point i am trying to make is that if analysed even 'perfect' boxing champions could be viewed as not ticking all the boxes, of being good role models beause of the purpose/possible outcome of their job within the ring. So if a boxer jive talk at press conferences, are adulterous or whatever these pale into insignificance when compared with the day jobs purpose.