Formerly retired EE.
I have trained in boxing, but I am also 60, about as flexible as a steel I-Beam and I know what happens to your hands when you punch someone bare knuckled.That's cool, but kinda spendy. Unless you plan on flying away like Mary Poppins hopefully you have some basic H2H skills if not specific stick training like Arnis (Kali or escrima).
The cost is trivial to me. I spent 20+ years learning how to hit people with sticks in the SCA so this is a very natural thing to me. It is also much less likely to break bones in my hand.