I was considering taking up boxing as a springtime activity for myself, and possibly continuing through the summer and fall. I feel that it would be fun, and complement my wrestling background (and toughen me further mentally and physically). I like these whole individualist violent sports.
My parents are not all that supportive, basically due to the whole brain damage thing (who wudda thunk it?) I was hoping to get any information on this that you guys had to offer. I know that professional boxers suffer from brain damage (often), but at the level I would be doing it (I'm a junior in HS), I was hoping that the damage undergone would be minimal if at all. I value my brain a lot, and I wouldn't want to injure it, but at the same time I'm hoping that boxing (at my level) wouldn't hurt my head too much.
I'm 5'8, 162lbs, and kinda chubby (not really fat, but I've got a bit of a gut) if this makes any difference.
Also, I live right outside of Boston near Natick and Framingham, if anyone knows where those are. I'm actually located in a small suburb called Needham. If anyone knows any boxing clubs around this area, that'd be cool too.