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Is Wrestling More Brutal Than Boxing? – Strength Magazine – December, 1927

People often wonder why a heavyweight, championship fight draws such enormous crowds, totaling over a hundred thousand people, when wrestling championships very rarely lure a scant twenty-five thousand spectators. This can be explained in many ways, without casting any reflections upon the sport of wrestling and with all due respect to it. Boxing, as you know, is understood better than wrestling with its intricate variety of holds. Then, too, a boxing bout can be visualized better than wrestling, for often the men striving to pin each other on the mat, obstruct the view of the spectators to such an extent that one hardly knows what is going on.

Stark CenterUniversity of Texas