Black Sports : Boxer dies from brain injury sustained in fight

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  1. panafrica

    panafrica Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    http://msn.foxsports.com/boxing/story/4897396

    RIP Leavander!
     
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    panafrica Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    http://www.fightnews.com/fightnews_2/headlines//EEkZuuyZZACUjUJaaJ.html
     
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    Monetary going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    This is very sad. I don't know what exactly can be done about this. Is it an age thing? Does this show that boxers need to focus more on defense and avoiding getting hit in the head than office? Should the idea of take two to give one mentality be abandoned? Should trainers throw in the towel faster? Should the Boxing Commissioner or the ringside doctor stop the fight early if the fight is obviously lopsided?

    It's obvious that fighters are willing to show that they have heart by going the distance even if it harms them in the long run. How should we handle this? Should there be a specified boxing career limit?

    I don't know. I just don't know.
     
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    panafrica Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I don't know either brother Monetary. There are about 4-5 deaths every year in boxing. Decreasing the number of rounds from 15 to 12 significantly decreased the number of boxing injuries/deaths. So did instituting mandatory 8 counts, and the 3 knockdown rule (which many states have now abandoned). The best way to reduce injuries is for the boxer's corner to watch their fighter, and for the ref not to let a boxer take too much damage. It is funny because many people think fights are stopped too early these days. However incidents like this, show what can happen if a fight is stopped too late.
     
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    sad and good point pan i agree 100% i think the 3 knockdown rule is great and if a fighter
    get a flush of hits to the head they should stop it , sometime fighters will want to continue
    but been hit too many time to the head this another sad tale of the fist .
     
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    Nevada panel to probe boxing deaths

    http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/news/story?id=2170531
     
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    this is sad. would the fans go for 6 to 8 round bouts? even if there is no death there are very few boxers who keep all of there brain cells, and motor functions through old age. its simply not safe to be hit in the head so much.

    prayers to the fam
     
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    That's some sad stuff! Proving once again that boxing isn't a sport you play, but survive
     
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    panafrica Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    That is a profound statement Deepvoice!
     
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    panafrica Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Fighters go 6-8 rounds at the beginning of their careers, but I doubt the public will go for an 8 round championship fight. Afterall many boxers want 15 round championship fights to return! With competition from more violent sports like UFC, boxing is in a difficult position. How to increase the action (quality of fights) while making things more safe? There have been a lot of ring deaths these past few years, most of them have occured outside of the US. The death of Leavander Johnson is getting more press because it happened in a televised fight, which happened in America. I won't say that all boxers are brained damaged at the end of their careers, but certainly a large percentage are. Personally I think boxing does do a good job protecting fighters. Boxers receive physicals before and after every fight. The only thing missing is a mandatory age for retirement (either based on age or the number of years in the ring).
     
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