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BigFightFan
post Jan 30 2013, 11:21 PM
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We as boxing fans always talk about ways to improve the sport of boxing, but neglect the issue of fighter safety. I want to know what you guys think can be implemented to reduce the risk of long term effects from being hit in the head repeatedly. Also what effect would those issue have on the fan base and popularity of the sport. I was thinking maybe go to a mandatory 14 ounce glove size for all fights and maybe even making headgear mandatory, which I know will not be popular with hardcore or casual fans.



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Cheesey1
post Jan 31 2013, 01:02 AM
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I'm willing to guess that during 'Marquez/Pacquaio - The Decapitation' a doctor, or someone else from the commission had looked at Marquez' broken nose, or was at least aware of it and made the decision to let him continue to fight. I'm somewhat sure the kid in the article didn't have that same level of medical attention.

Even with ultra vigilant referees and proper, proactive regulations, it will still be a risky sport with lots of blood, guts and KOs, which is fine. At least there will be a greater chance of death being avoided. This is boxing, not gladiators fighting to the death.

If the fans think it's too soft, then they should get in the ring themselves.






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post Jan 31 2013, 06:23 AM
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QUOTE (Cheesey1 @ Jan 31 2013, 01:02 AM) *
I'm willing to guess that during 'Marquez/Pacquaio - The Decapitation' a doctor, or someone else from the commission had looked at Marquez' broken nose, or was at least aware of it and made the decision to let him continue to fight. I'm somewhat sure the kid in the article didn't have that same level of medical attention.

Even with ultra vigilant referees and proper, proactive regulations, it will still be a risky sport with lots of blood, guts and KOs, which is fine. At least there will be a greater chance of death being avoided. This is boxing, not gladiators fighting to the death.

If the fans think it's too soft, then they should get in the ring themselves.


I considered your point of view as well. Referee's should have some type of discretionary limit to the amount of punishment a guy takes in the ring. Take the PAC/Margarito bout for example. The ref should have stoped that fight around the 9th or 10th round. Margarito had no chance of winning at that point, he was just taking unnescessary damage to the face and head.
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post Jan 31 2013, 11:11 AM
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QUOTE (BigFightFan @ Jan 31 2013, 06:23 AM) *
I considered your point of view as well. Referee's should have some type of discretionary limit to the amount of punishment a guy takes in the ring. Take the PAC/Margarito bout for example. The ref should have stoped that fight around the 9th or 10th round. Margarito had no chance of winning at that point, he was just taking unnescessary damage to the face and head.

Agreed. Quality refs. are crucial. Some structure in the sport will allow for proper referee and trainer certification. For example, last week when Golovkin was literally beating the snot out of Rosado, Rosado's trainer had the wherewithal to stop it. I think that properly educated referees, trainers and fully engaged ringside medical professional would dramatically limit this type of thing happening.

If it was up to me, I'd make the break between rounds become 1 minute 20 seconds (after the midpoint of every boxing match). That extra 20 seconds would be reserved for mandatory examinations of the boxers by ringside doctors. There'd be 2 doctors for every fight.

I know that means more cost, but if there was a boxer's union and a league setup, those costs could be covered.

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