Baltimore Mayor Hopes To Reduce Shootings By Building Boxing Rings

Baltimore Mayor Jack Young said he has found the solution to combat the city's gun violence.

Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Mayor Jack Young has a plan to combat the skyrocketing number of gun violence incidents in the city.

Citizens just need to settle their differences in a boxing ring.

"If they want to really settle them, we can have them down at the civic center, put a boxing ring up and let them go and box it out,” Young told WBAL on Sunday. “Those kinds of things, you know, and the best man wins and the beef should be over.”

The mayor’s quick-fix solution came on the heels of a deadly weekend in the city.

Two people were killed and 11 more were injured as the result of eight shootings and a fatal stabbing.

"Gun violence has been plaguing this city for the last 10 years,” Young told WBAL. “The murder rate in this city and non-fatal shootings have increased. I'm not happy with it and neither should the citizens of Baltimore.”

On Monday, Young’s spokesman, Lester Davis, said that the mayor’s idea about establishing a boxing ring for people who would otherwise want to murder one another is worth looking into, The Baltimore Sun reported.

WMAR Boxing owner Marvin McDowell said he has long believed that the sport could be used to help cultivate respect and discipline for the city’s youth.

“It gets the kids or the people to understand their will, how far they can go, what they can take,” he said.

McDowell said that the two fighters should also sign a contract prior to the fight, thereby agreeing that the outcome of the match will end the beef between them.

“I think it’d be worth further study,” Davis said of McDowell’s proposal.

But Munir Bahar, who operations youth martial arts programs in the area, said that Young’s suggestion is a “smack in the face” to those in the industry who have been pushing similar ideas for years.

“Now it’s like, all of a sudden, it’s a novel idea coming from Jack Young,” Bahar told The Baltimore Sun.

Bahar said that without “supportive therapeutic intervention,” using boxing to settle altercations could do more harm than good.

“We’re talking about traumatized people in a war zone,” he noted. “It’s just going to get some guys angry. We know that anger is going to spill outside of that boxing ring.”

Young recently attended a National Gun Violence Day event with Baltimore States Attorney Marilyn Mosby, where they discussed the benefits of helping youth connect with pro-social resources and activities, WBAL reported.

"Frederick Douglas said it best,” Mosby said. “It's easier to build strong children than it is to repair broken men, and so we have to focus on our babies before it's too late.”

Mosby said that curbing violence in the city will take more than the work of the police and city hall.

“It’s going to take all of us to change what’s happening,” she said. “The biggest and most important stakeholder in all of this is the community.”

Comments (29)
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TexasStrong
TexasStrong

Sure - put all the criminals in boxing rings. Let them beat each other to death. Problem solved.

Ibizian
Ibizian

The loser will just pick up a gun and shoot the winner because he lost..

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Give them guns and ammo, let them shoot it out in designated area. Win, win ?

JBo
JBo

This all sounds swell but you have to fix these little banger's home life first. You have to have a good, solid and stable home for those kids starting from day 1. If their parents don't care...why should the kids?

trainbuff
trainbuff

First you have to get them to man up and drop their metal testosterone in favor of real macho shit.

And its already been sad, the loser will probably shoot the winner outside the ring anyway.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Implement Thunderdome

LEO0301
LEO0301

Over 70% of black children grow up in single parent homes. Boxing rings will do nothing to help that "little" problem.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

Trying something is better than doing nothing.

stooge819
stooge819

The Crime Bill was passed in 1994, and led to a monumental dropoff in crime. Why? We locked up criminals and kept them away from us folks who obey the law. Simple math.

AlexanderKaras
AlexanderKaras

Lets start by getting rid of corruption in our own city hall. $40,000,000 federal bucks specifically earmarked for education POOF disappeared. Was there an investigation? HELL NO ..... Oh well.

REWIND back to Mayor O'Malley who became Governor who had the ridiculous ego to think he, the destroyer, who stole furniture out of the Governors mansion on exiting his post, had the gall to actually run for President after all of his libtax strategies failed, where the inmates ran the Baltimore prison and he turned death sentencing verdicts for murder a pass to the O'Malley Hilton where killers could enjoy conjugal visits, great medical care, a/c, internet, gym a law library so you could become a murderer lawyer until you get out for good behavior?? Sounds about right

Mosby mentions community solutions after community continues to vote by color while she prosecutes 6 innocent cops. Yeah sure. When Baltimore becomes colorblind and honest there may be real change = community being informed voters AND giving a shit. Until then, Annapolis libtard legislators will continue to restrict law abiding residents from being armed while the criminals are "given space to destroy"- quote by former loser mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake.... THATS 3 loser mayors in a row...are we headed for 4 with boxing rings and more?

RPG156
RPG156

Thank goodness Baltimore finally got a mayor with some sense. (Heavy sarcasm intended.)

Branoli
Branoli

You have got to be kidding me! No gang banger is going to even contemplate stepping into a boxing ring. They don't want to punch anyone, they want to KILL them! Glad I don't live in Baltimore or anywhere on the east or west coast.

LynnSB
LynnSB

He's grabbing at Straws, but at least he trying something ~

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Why pay for boxing rings. Go to the park, smack the heck out of each other. No further cost to the tax payer.

Suds18
Suds18

Great concept however, they will have to actually man the f up and get some and it’s a lot easier to just spray and pray so I don’t believe this would solve anything. Like LEONOLOAD, you would be forced to face people and we all know how that ends !

Paul Kersey Jr.
Paul Kersey Jr.

More idiocy from Harm City. Baltimore is indisputable evidence people get the government they deserve.

bill fuse
bill fuse

Let’s see this picture.... I hate you and your family. You came into MY hood. You beat the crap out of my brother, in dat boxin ring. I’m pissed cause he lost. Like to introduce you Mr Smith & Wesson or Old Man Mossberg. How’s that for going 15 rounds...?

NYPD_retired
NYPD_retired

Maybe a cage match, or they can challenge each other to a duel, stand back to back, pistols at the ready, take 20 paces, turn and fire. Mano y Mano.

Do-The-Job-Right
Do-The-Job-Right

Put police officers in the ring. The hood could solve it that way vs shooting them.