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Should boxing be taught in schools?

Ricky and some boxers

Ricky finds out why more kids are boxing

Boxing is becoming more popular, with around 1,900 schools in England now teaching it.

It's partly down to the success of British boxers like David Haye and Amir Khan, and some people reckon boxing can make kids more confident.

Are you learning to box? Do you think it should be taught in schools or just in boxing clubs?

But medical experts want the sport banned, and don't think kids should be allowed to try it at all.

So is it a good sport to learn or do you think it's too violent?

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Your Comments

"I don't think boxing could be taught because girls will not want to do it for PE and it can be very dangerous."

Nicole, 11, Glasgow, Scotland

"Yes, it is a great way of learning self defence and if children struggle in a particular subject it will give them something to do when they are older."

Anna, 10, England

"I think boxing should be taught in school every two weeks because you can defend yourself and become more fit."

Anisah, 9, London, England

"It shouldn't be taught in schools because if they have a punching bag near the window it may smash. It might also hurt the person using the punching bag."

Courtney, 10, Bristol, England

"No boxing shouldn't be taught in schools. People could get hurt!"

Laura, 11, England

"I don't think we should do boxing in schools until we go up to Secondary school, I am in Primary and I think we are going to start doing boxing and it's bad because we could get badly hurt!"

Lily, 10, Essex, England

"No, because it's the the schools fault if someone gets hurt because of the boxing. But if its at a club where they've got the right equipment and trainers there then yes."

Chloe, 12, Working, England

"I think boxing should be left to the pros. It's too violent and kids might try it without equipment and get badly hurt."

Melissa, 9, Glasgow, Scotland

"Our opinion is yes, if there is a professional trainer."

Molly and Joshua, 7, Manchester, England

"I don't do boxing in school but I really want to. It looks great!!!"

Matthew, 11, Newport, Wales

"I think boxing should be taught in schools because it helps maintain concentration and makes kids more enthusiastic about sport."

Seb, 10, Wimbledon, England

"Yes and no from me. It depends on how responsible the children are. If they can keep it in the arena and not out then yes, good idea!"

Emma, 11, Shoreham, England

"I think boxing should be taught because it's a great opportunity and it's fun! Although I think it shouldn't be for those in primary."

Nicola, 12, Birmingham, England

"I think boxing might help in later life but children can get a bit over excited and get too violent."

Faduma, 11, London, England

"I think it should not be taught because I think it's violent."

Katie, 13, Wales

"I think boxing should be in all schools because it teaches discipline."

Brogan, 12, Luton, England

"Yes it should so you can defend yourself in a fight."

Shannon, 12, Tyne and Wear, England

"I would like boxing at school. It would be fun and keeps you fit."

Ryan, 13, Ayrshire, Scotland

"I would love that to happen - not because I am a boy but because I love watching."

Salman, 13, London, England

"I think boxing is good, I have been to my local boxing club for about 10 onths now and I really enjoy it. I am having a medical soon so that I am allowed to box."

Haleem, 11, Birmingham, England

"Yes, because it lets out your anger."

Jessica, 12, Northamptonshire, England

"I think boxing should be taught, it's fun and a way of exercising. There are good and bad sides to everything just like with this."

Simran, 12, Wolverhampton, England

"I don't think it should, because it'll just teach people how to fight and then they'll feel cool and tough and think they can win every fight they have."

Lizz, 11, Dunbartonshire, Scotland

"I don't think they should, because people might get into fights because of it."

Laura, 12, Dundee, Scotland

"I think it would be a good idea to teach children boxing because it is good and it keeps you fit and healthy."

Abdul, 13, London, England

"I think non-contact boxing should be taught because you can use it to express your anger, if you're angry. I would have a go because it's different and interesting."

Megan, 12, Sheffield, England

"All we do in our school is rugby - it's fun but I want to give other sports a try."

Ajith, 11, London, England

"I think it should because it helps kids get a better accuracy on the object that they're focusing on."

Isaac, 8, Norfolk, England

"No, because it can encourage young boys to fight more and while practising they can get hurt."

Lucy, 12, Rutland, England

"I don't think boxing should be taught in schools as it could be used as violence to hurt another child, which shouldn't be taught to them. Especially since boxing is very dangerous and can cause serious damage to someone if they're not behaving."

Jessica, 10, London, England

"I think it should be taught just in boxing clubs and not at schools. If children enjoy it too much at school they might start trying it out and they might get it wrong and probably end up hurting someone."

Charlotte, 14, Leicestershire, England

"Personally, I can't stand boxing. It's too violent and children should not be taught it in schools. Plus, it's a very male dominated sport. If children have to be taught sport which helps discipline and concentration and is fun, then why not martial arts?"

Alice, 12, Essex, England

"Even though it's really good exercise and probably really fun I don't think it should be taught in schools because people may practice it on each other at school or at home and someone could get badly hurt!"

Elisha, 11, Moray, Scotland

"I am a girl and I have been boxing for a number of years. I think boxing should be taught in school, IF they can handle it well. They should only do it if they have a well trained boxer on hand."

Leal, 11, Buckinghamshire, England

"I think boxing clubs would be OK but I don't think they should teach it in P.E."

Richard, 11, Maidstone, England

"If the game is dangerous it should be banned for everyone, not just kids. Give us kids a chance please!"

Sara, 14, Birmingham, England

"I don't think it should be taught in schools because it could be another form of bullying and people could end up getting hurt."

April, 12, Durham, England

"I have been boxing for 3 years. I think boxing should be taught at schools because it teaches you discipline."

Hazza, 13, Sutton, England

"It'll just teach kids how to fight. Then the kids will start fighting each other and they'll get in trouble."

Laura, 14, Surrey, England

"Definitely NOT! It's too dangerous!"

Amy, 11, Norwich, England

"I think that boxing in schools is OK because it teaches you responsibility and discipline. Also, if a school thinks you are too aggressive they could always make you do laps of the school. That's what I do."

Dan, 14, Bury, England

"No way! It teaches people to be violent and people can get hurt! Boxing disgusts me anyway - what's the point of just punching each other? How does that help our education?"

Leah, 10, London, England

"I would do boxing because when you are good at it when you're older, you could be famous!!!!!!"

Reece, 10, Sale, England

"No way. It would be fun but the boys would take it too far so no."

Anita, 11, East Ham, England

"Yes I think that boxing should be taught in school because it is interesting, competitive and different from other sports that are common in most schools."

Zulkarnain, 13, Bury, England

"I think boxing should be taught in more schools worldwide because it helps you concentrate."

Harry, 9, Nairn, Scotland

"I have been boxing for three years and its only ever brought me good. It has improved my fitness and it's also kept me from fighting at school because I spar every week. A local pro boxer has inspired me and I would love to become a pro."

Kieran, 13, Lydney, England

"No, I don't think it should be taught. One because it's violent and it will teach young people violence outside school. Two, because I know A LOT of the girls would not like to box."

Victoria, 12, Hyde, England

"I love boxing. I go to a club at my local hall. Boxing is not just a boys sport."

Emily, 11, UK

"I sort of agree, but it would make people fight more though. But in the future you could be a world champion"

Edward, 8, Lancashire, England

"No, because it can cause utter chaos and is a really painful sport."

Milleah, 9, Manchester, England

"Boxing is thrilling to watch but safety wise it should only be taught in clubs to older children. One good reason could be to increase your confidence like Joe Calzaghe, who beat bullies by joining a boxing club."

Alice, 9, Manchester, England

"NO, because people will use boxing skills taught in schools and get hurt. It should only be taught in boxing clubs."

Jack, 8, Manchester, England

"Yes, because when you grow up you can be a champion boxer."

Reiss, 8, Manchester, England

"I wouldn't dare have a go in case I got hurt."

Patrick, 8, Manchester, England

"Boxing is dangerous but it can be done in clubs. I don't think it should be done in school."

Grace, 8, Manchester, England

"You shouldn't do boxing in school because you might hurt someone. Boxing can dangerous so you need to be careful."

Kelly, 7, Manchester, England

"I think yes, because when you are young like me you can get better and better every year and could become a professional boxer."

Alex, 8, Manchester, England

"I think no because in school it is dangerous. But yes because if there was a fight I could use my boxing skills."

Olivia, 7, Manchester, England

"You shouldn't do boxing in school because you can get into a fight and badly hurt somebody."

Owen, 7, Manchester, England

"I think no, because people could learn it and then punch or hurt someone."

Caitlin, 7, Manchester, England

"I think boxing should be allowed in schools because if you want to be a champion boxer when you are older you can train when you are a kid. But it's not that fair on girls who don't like boxing. I'm cool with it because I am half a tomboy."

Meg, 9, Manchester, England

"I think yes and no. I think NO because it can dangerous to people in school and other people. I think YES because it's good exercise."

Melissa, 9, Manchester, England

"No it should not taught because it is fighting and a vile sport!!!"

Meg, 10, Surrey, England

"I think no because someone could get hurt really bad."

Bruna, 9, Manchester, England

"It's good for self defence and exercise but it may encourage fighting at school between people, mostly likely boys. I think if you're going to do it you should do it out of school, it's safer that way."

Suzanne, 14, Herts, England

"I think yes and no. Yes because you could use it as self defence if you need to, but no because you might hurt somebody badly."

Riley, 5, Manchester, England

"Some of us think it is good because you get to take your anger out in a controlled way. It teaches you discipline and new skills. However, others think it is very bad because people may use the skills they learn on others."

Year 9, Andover, UK

"It is good because it helps self defence."

Ina, 11, Japan

"I think you should be allowed to do boxing in school because it is exercise."

Natalie, 14, Nottingham, England

"Yes I do because it is a fantastic sport. I've had two fights and won both of them."

Patsy, 12, Leicestershire, England