By Ken Reed
We know that repetitive blows to the head lead to brain injuries and diseases, including concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). And we know the sole purpose of boxing is to strike one’s opponent in the head repeatedly, in the hopes of knocking him/her out.
So, the obvious question is why do we still allow boxing? Why do states still sanction boxing matches?
A British boxer died after a boxing bout Saturday night in Doncaster, England.
Scott Westgarth was 31. He left behind a distraught family, including his father who wrote on Facebook:
“Scott Westgarth, you are not only my son, you are one of the best friends I’ve ever had. A very unique friend. I’m so very much going to miss you. … Rest my son I will see you again.”
Canada’s Tim Hague died after a boxing match back in June. Hague reportedly suffered a brain hemorrhage after being knocked down multiple times in his last fight.
How can continuing to allow sanctioned boxing not be considered insane?
— Ken Reed, Sports Policy Director, League of FansPrint
- League of Fans is a sports reform project founded by Ralph Nader to fight for the higher principles of justice, fair play, equal opportunity and civil rights in sports; and to encourage safety and civic responsibility in sports industry and culture.