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Promoter Eddie Hearn has broken down in paying tribute to American fighter Patrick Day and says boxing must combine to make the game safer.
Day died at age 27 on Wednesday, four days after suffering a brain injury in a 10th-round stoppage defeat.
The bout took place to a bill.
After getting angry, Hearn told IFL TV:”You can say’it is boxing’ but it is so hard to justify”
He added:”It’s been a rough year for the sport. We will need to make sure we put together as a community, we continue striving to evolvewe continue trying to make the game safer.
“There are many things we can look at as a neighborhood, particularly [mind ] scans. Among those problems is the frequency of scans in my opinion. You can take a yearly scan but it does not take into account the fights you’ve had because that scan”
BBC Radio 5 Live Boxing’s Steve Bunce and Mike Costello, on how boxing could be made much safer along with American fighter Regis Prograis have had their say.
Day’s is the fourth death in boxing in recent months, following the departure of Russian Maxim Dadashev, Argentina’s Hugo Santillan and also Bulgaria’s Boris Stanchov.
Bunce said:”I’ve been ringside at the past 30 years for a dozen deaths and maybe 12 or 15 other conflicts where boxers are rushed to emergency processes.
“I have been in waiting rooms, I have been there once physicians have told loved ones who their young child, husband and father has expired. I have been there when guys pulled after seven or six months at a time and have been given no chance.
“I’ve studied it, its an odd company and I love it, it’s exactly what I do for a living but at the exact identical time it is a sport that’s indefensible. But, at precisely exactly the same time, boxers and boxing make great sense to me.
“I really cannot see, I have wracked my thoughts, to think of anything that could make boxing safer. In Britain, the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) have the worlds’s greatest safety measures yet we still have deaths. It is that simple, there is.
“It’s when you move and meet people in a fitness center at the worst part of a city and you simply just take their testimony of the way the sport has saved their life. That may sound like cliche rubbish and I know how it seems but that is the most important thing. It can’t be understood by you, unless you’re in the company. But I am not protecting it, it is not possible to do so.”
Questions if of scanning fighters before each 11, the idea is viable given the costs involved with doing so but states clamping down on white collar events – in which opponents pay to fight – would be a step ahead.
His 5 Live colleague – BBC boxing correspondent Costello – said the price of mind scans at each fight would prove an issue and that boxers policing their own health could be key.
Costello said:”When they are feeling rough, have headaches, then do not fight. Unfortunately they make this buzz, this addiction and this chance they must change their own lifestyle, at times it may be the end of a life.”
The fatal bout of day was justified from the State of Illinois commission along with Hearn commended the pace with which oxygen has been administered before being rushed to hospital, and Day was treated.
The BBBofC – that sanction the majority of fights from the UK – has rules in place saying a fighter should pass an annual medical – which contains an MRI scan – plus ensures principles are met by struggle nights.
The organization’s chairman Robert Smith told BBC Radio 5 Live:”We work very tough to make the sport as safe as you can but as I have always said, we cannot make the sport 100% secure.
“The medial provisions altered over the past number of decades have been immense. But he knows the danger if a fighter gets into the ring and that doesn’t make it appropriate when things fail.
“Every fighter will have an yearly medical which can cover your mind scans, MRI, bloods, physical exams and eye tests, etc.. Before each and every bout you are medically examined to make certain you are fit. Following the bout you’re examined again and that he can place conditions on you boxing in the future, when a physician has any doubts, therefore it’s very rigorous.
“Ultimately, it’s extremely tricky to stop these things occurring. If you think about the quantity of tournaments and contests that take place around the planet, the amount of incidents is tiny. That will not make it right.”
Day – that had a university degree – began boxing and had dropped a few of his 21 fights before facing the unbeaten Conwell.
The New York-born fighter was knocked down at the fourth, eighth and 10th rounds in Chicago and suffered seizures into Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Those closest to him including promoter Lou DiBella – said his fighter”didn’t need to box”, but did so for the love of this.
YouTube movies of Day talking before his debut 2013 catch him stating that he took up the game because he wished to”have some thing to do” and he had been a”child who desired to be part of something”.
American fighter Prograis, who is at the UK to face Scotland’s Josh Taylor in a super-lightweight world-title contest on 26 October, stated he met Day on many occasions and claimed the overdue fighter was”always happy”.
Prograis, 30, said Day’s death underlined the dangers faced in the ring, and he also gave Live Boxing a insight into the mindset many competitions in the sport adopt in the face of risk to 5.
“As boxers you really feel like nothing could prevent you,” explained Prograis.
“Sometimes you truly feel like that, that you’d rather die in the ring. Hearing myself say it it seems mad but when you are in there you feel like’I’m not going to cease, you have to kill me’ to stop. That is a fighter in which on your heart you have that’s mindset.
“I have children, a family, people who love and rely on me but if you are in there it really does feel like none of the matters.
“This isn’t the man or woman who will walk into the ring. The words I say sound mad but I understand how I feel when I put in the ring. That mindset is brought by A good deal of fighters to the ring. But you do become another person.”
Brain injury charity Headway reiterated its stance on needing boxing banned after the death of Day, citing the instances of boxers that have died in the ring at 2019.
After offering condolences and support to Day’s family, the charity’s chief executive Peter McCabe stated:”How many more lives need to be needlessly damaged or lost before this senseless sport is banned?”
Countless fighters – present and past – have paid tribute to Day, including the likes of former world cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew, that advocated fighters not to”extend your stay at the business”, including:”Get in and get out.”
In confirming Day’s death, his promoter DiBella said that the catastrophe could be a”call to action” to improve safety.
Hearn concluded:”Recognizing exactly what these guys contribute, we have to make sure as a game we do better. We need to respect these fighters. There is not any one to blame, it’s a catastrophe of this sport. We need to make certain remains.
“The outpouring of love shows you the special man he was. He also loved the sport, we love the game but we must never take this, or the fighters, for granted.”
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Patrick Day death: You can say ‘it’s boxing’ but it is so hard to justify, says Eddie Hearn