Boxers’ chivalry

At the very least, writes Dalrymple, boxers

must be brave; and there is something stirring about the spectacle of two men, more or less evenly matched, testing one another according to rules by which, at least in principle, they abide even in the extremity of their need to break them.

However much they may have insulted each other beforehand in an attempt to stoke their own aggression,

they kiss and make up, even honour each other, immediately the fight is over. This is chivalry, albeit of a relatively coarse kind. Chivalry is always inspiring. 

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