Baltimore mayor proposes public boxing rings to reduce violence

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(WBAL) – Over the weekend, Baltimore police responded to a deadly stabbing and eight shootings. Police said 11 people were injured and two people, including a 17-year-old, were killed. 

City leaders are saying it’s time to try new tactics to reduce violence. Mayor Jack Young said he’s considering people solving their issues in a boxing ring. 

“Gun violence has been plaguing this city for the last 10 years. 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,” Young said.

Young, who lost his nephew to gun violence, said he’s thinking of new ways to help reduce crime.

“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. Those kinds of things, you know, and the best man wins and the beef should be over. Those are some of the things I’m thinking about,” Young said.

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