By gavin o’connor
It takes a special coward to be this brave.
In 1953 22 boxers were officially registered deceased as a result of injuries sustained during bouts over the course of that year and to This day it still remains the highest number of boxing fatalities in a single year since records began.
Many Boxing tragedies are only remembered by family friends historical records and the most persistent and loyal students and page turners of the sweet science .
Some tragedies in the ring have left a lasting legacy , none more so than Kim Duk-koo the South Korean boxer died following a world championship bout against Ray Mancini Kim died four days after the fight on the 18th November 1982.
Kim‘s untimely and tragic death was the catalyst for reform within the sport to protect the wellbeing of fighters and as a direct result of this tragedy the number of rounds in championship bouts was reduced from 15 rounds to 12.
Others are not so famous but the tragedy is still no less poignant and devastating.
Barry McGuigan “His eyes just rolled back. It was a haunting moment. I knew he wasn’t going to get up from that.”
Barry McGuigan v young Ali june 1982 London
Any time you watch an interview with Barry McGuigan when he is talking about his fateful fight at London’s Grosvenor House hotel on June 14th 1982 against Young Ali “Asymin Mustapha” even after all these years it is still sickenly evident and extremely distressing and painful to watch.
Boxing is the hardest of sports wherein no quarter is given or asked for but every boxer after every fight has a deep and underlying respect for his opponent(s) if its admitted or not , why ? becuse it takes courage bravery nerve and daring to enter the ring and stand in front of another likeminded individual with only your skill ability and heart to face it alone.
just remember that next time you throw punches from a keyboard ,
keyboards don’t hit back