Should clinching be made against the rules in boxing?

The way I see it, if clinching your opponent is the only way to stop an onslaught, then your opponent is simply getting the better of you at the moment and it's your time to hit the canvas. If you can beat the count, you'll have the opportunity to try and turn things around. John Sullivan, the first... show more The way I see it, if clinching your opponent is the only way to stop an onslaught, then your opponent is simply getting the better of you at the moment and it's your time to hit the canvas.

If you can beat the count, you'll have the opportunity to try and turn things around.

John Sullivan, the first recognized heavyweight champion of the world under the Queensberry rules, called clinching "getting gay" with your opponent.
Update: And if "getting gay" with your opponent is a strategy, you might as well just give him a big, wet kiss on the lips during the fight, then when he's standing there in shock, knock him out.
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