The case for improving the safety of boxing
THE phone rang and the caller ID let me know it was a friend of mine, a former undisputed world champion (whose name I would rather not reveal) I had spoken to just 20 minutes earlier. But when I picked up, he had no recollection of our conversation. I have known the former champion for decades and have witnessed his condition deteriorate. His long-term memory is fine, but short-term it is gone.
On numerous occasions I have seen him at boxing events where he forgot where he had parked his car. Making plans to do something with him is futile being that he won’t remember beyond a few minutes what had been discussed. It is the price he is now paying for achieving his dream.
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