Modern day gladiator
The Boxers are considered the modern day gladiator . Unlike their historic counterparts, even though they do not use physical dangerous weapon to fight to their death till the last man standing, their hand as a weapon is just as lethal even with the protective glove that suppose to minimise damage.
Many boxers tend to suffer from permanent brain damages that cause malfunction to behave as normal person, and may even resulting in unpredictable temperament or violent demeanour that could cause harm to their closest kin. The recent shocking homicide in by the famous wrestler, Chris Beniot , that massacred his own family before suicide was discovered to be caused by recurring brain damages that inflicted through his brutal wrestling matches .
The match that changes boxing forever
In the history of boxing, there occurred a significant tragic event in Nov13, 1982 that changed the rule of the sport due to no less than three loss of life, two of which were indirect.
In those days, boxer do not wear head-dress protection, and they have to fight up to 15 matches. As a result, the sport was considered dangerous but was very popular due to the thrill that spectators expected.
The fatal and tragic punch
Duk knocked down by the punch.
The final glimpse of Duk before he became unconscious moment later.
In 1982, popular 21 years old Ray Manciniof was defending his world lightweight championship against his competitor, 23 years old Duk KOO KIM from Korea. The match from the beginning was destined to doom for Duk who had little experience fighting internationally compared to Ray who had accumulated more experience internationally and having more matches.
Ray ultimately became victorious in the 14th round after delivering a fatal punch to Duk which lead the latter subsequently unconscious and in fatal coma condition. Duk never regained consciousness because
Five days later, his mother authorized the doctors to cut off his life-support system. Four months later, his mother devastated over the death of his son, commit suicide. Overcame by grief and depression over the loss of two lives, the reference, Richard Greene , too commit suicide the following year.
This tragic incident created a international uproar against the brutality of the sport. As a result, the rules of boxing were changed to make wearing headdress protection compulsory and that the matches are reduced from fifteen to twelve.
Ray felt so remorseful over the incident that he never recovered his composure again as those memories continues to haunt him forever.
The tragic match
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