When a fighter dies.

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Mar 13, 2013
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How do you feel when a fighter dies in the ring or after a fight? I mean, deaths happen all the time in boxing, right? After a while, you kind of become desensitized to it.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it's not sad when a fighter dies. It's just that, deaths are pretty common in boxing. Fighters know the risks when they get in the ring.
 
May 17, 2013
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I know it can sometimes come with the territory but it is not as common as your post seems to make it out to be. Worldwide, there are fighters in the ring almost every night with cards only locals hear about so I doubt there's an accurate count as to the total number of bouts fought a year. We tend to hear about the big cards with championship fights as the headliners that are shown on SHO, DAZN, SKY, PPV, etc. Guys get hit just as hard in local shows held in small town auditoriums as they do in Vegas at the MGM Grand Casino.

Fighters can often take a lot of damage over the years, and much of it can be accumulative damage to the brain and central nervous system. Sometimes they get in a fight and die from injuries, but many times it's the prior fights that brought on their demise, especially for guys with styles like Arturo Gatti who had that "Kill or be killed" mentality and took pretty hard damage in most of his fights. And yes, I know Gatti didn't die in the ring. I was just using his style as an example.


According to the information I could find, it stated by 1995, approximately 500 boxers had died in the ring since the introduction of The Marquess of Queensbury Rules in 1894. So, on average, about 5 boxes a year die from ring related injuries. Considering the violent nature of the sport and the amount of bouts held worldwide in any given year, those numbers are pretty low, but tragic none the less.

As for how I feel, I don't think I'm desensitized to it more so than accept it as one of the things that can happen when a fighter climbs between the ropes. It can come with the territory and those guys know the dangers long before they touch gloves to start the fight.

I've only witnessed two fights where fighters have died beginning with the Emile Griffith/Benny Paret fight in 62, Du-Ku Kim/Ray Mancini in 82. It was the Kim/Mancini fight that got the rules changed for championship fights to be shortened from 15 rounds to 12 that we see today.
 
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Seems like fighters go broke more often than they die from it. It's also sad when they end up like Prichard Colon and Gerald McClellan. I'm glad Joe Mesi got out when he did.
 
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Seems like fighters go broke more often than they die from it. It's also sad when they end up like Prichard Colon and Gerald McClellan. I'm glad Joe Mesi got out when he did.
You don't have to look any further than Mike Tyson to see a guy who squandered away his earnings in the ring. It was reported he made around $400 million in his career and wound up filing for bankruptcy in the end.

He's doing OK now but others didn't fair so well. Sugar Ray Robinson, Joe Louis, Jake Lamatta, Beau Jack, Jerry Quarry, Wilfred Benitez------the list of fighters that outlived or pissed away their earnings in the ring is damn near endless.
 
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