Don King, on Mike Tyson

"Why would anyone expect him to come out smarter?
He went to prison, not to Princeton."

"To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music
and the dancers hit each other."

Monday, February 29, 2016

David Haye on Punching Hard



Roy Jones Jr "Epic Losses"


Saturday, February 27, 2016

Musangwe - Makhado Show


Published on Aug 16, 2013
the first time in the area, a traditional Musangwe boxing tournament
was held at the Makhado Show. Musangwe is a bare-knuckle fighting match
with few rules, that is indigenous to the Venda people. Read more about
this sport on

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Concussions May Increase Suicide Risk, Study Finds (By DR. AARON HAWKINS)

PHOTO: This undated color composite image shows a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of the brain and 2D and 3D computed tomography (CT) scans of the head and neck of a 35 year old patient.

Concussions May Increase Suicide Risk, Study Finds

The risks of suffering a concussion have been under the spotlight in recent years, especially as the degenerative neurological illness known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) has been found in multiple football players after their deaths. The degenerative disease is believed to be linked to brain trauma, including concussions. 

Now, a new study has found that concussions may also be associated with an increase in the long-term risk of suicide. Experts have long known that a severe, traumatic brain injury raises the risk of suicide, but this study sheds more light on how concussions, a common mild head injury, may impact overall suicide risk. 

The study, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, looked at the long-term risk of someone committing suicide if they have ever suffered a concussion. 

The suicide rate in Ontario, Canada, where the study was conducted, is approximately nine per 100,000 people, according to the study. In the U.S. as a whole, it's about 12 per 100,000 people, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The study conducted in Ontario gathered information on 235,110 individuals who had a history of concussion over a 20-year period, from 1992 to 2012. In the group there were 667 subsequent suicides -- equivalent to 31 deaths per 100,000 people, or three times the suicide rate in the population as a whole, researchers found. 

Those who had a concussion on a weekend had a higher risk of suicide, the study also found. Their rate of suicide was 39 per 100,000 people, or nearly four times the rate of the general population.
The study's authors said that while their findings support past research on how concussions can have lasting effects on physiology, mood and behavior, they cautioned that further research is needed. 

Concussions are usually caused by a bump or blow to the head, briefly disrupting brain function. 

Concussions do not always cause a loss of consciousness. Concussions are considered to be a mild form of brain injury and are the most common type of mild brain injury occurring in young adults.
The study also finds that each additional concussion is associated with a further increase in suicide risk. 

Dr. Donald Redelmeier, professor of medicine at the University of Toronto and a lead researcher in the study, said the findings emphasize that it's important for medical providers to be aware of a patient's concussion history. 

"Mild concussions, although invisible at the time of the incident, could be dangerous later on," Redelmeier told ABC News. "It is important that even years after a concussion, not to forget about it and to inform your doctor of your history." 

Dr. Allen Sills, a professor of neurosurgery at Vanderbilt University, said suicide has become a major concern for medical providers. 

"It is important that we screen for depressive symptoms in all patients and not just patients with a concussion history," Sills, who was not involved in the Ontario study, told ABC News.
Redelmeier said he is hopeful that the research will encourage doctors to take a second look at patients who had a concussion, even if the concussion occurred years ago. 

"I compare it to penicillin. If you have had an allergic reaction to penicillin in the past, you would let your doctor know about this medication allergy so that you do not have a harmful event in the future," Redelmeier said. "We should think of a concussion history in the same way." 

Dr. Aaron Hawkins is a psychiatry resident from the University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. He is currently a resident at the ABC News Medical Unit.


Neuropsychological test scores before and after brain-injury rehabilitation in relation to return to employment

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following a brain injury, but also to assess the effectiveness of rehabilitation procedures in
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Concussion raises long-term suicide risk, study finds


Concussion raises long-term suicide risk, study finds
Research shows for the first time that brain injuries incurred on a weekend seem to carry an even higher risk of self-harm than weekday concussions.

By: Sheryl Ubelacker The Canadian Press, Published on Mon Feb 08 2016

“For some patients with concussion, it takes so long to get better and you kind of wonder if they fully recover,"
said Dr. Donald Redelmeier, lead researcher on a new study of 235,000 concussion patients.

Adults who experience a concussion appear to have a long-term suicide risk three times higher than that of the general population — and that risk rises to four times higher if the traumatic brain injury occurred on a weekend, a study suggests.

The study, published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, also found that having a subsequent concussion was associated with a further increase in the risk that a person would take his or her own life.

“We know that a concussion can cause lasting changes in the brain that can alter mood, perhaps resulting in behaviour changes, including impulsivity,”
said principal researcher Dr. Donald Redelmeier, an internal medicine specialist and senior scientist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto.

“It’s possible that we’re seeing greater suicide risk linked to weekend concussions due to risk-taking associated with recreation or misadventure, whereas weekday injuries may be linked to employment hazards.”

To conduct the study, researchers analyzed Ontario health records to identify more than 235,000 concussion patients between 1992 and 2012. Over that 20-year period, 667 people with a history of concussion died by their own hands.

Those injured on weekdays accounted for 519 suicides, three times the population norm of about nine per 100,000 annually, while those whose brain injuries occurred on weekends accounted for 148 suicides, about four times the population norm.

In absolute terms, researchers concluded that 470 of these deaths might not have occurred if patients’ risks had matched those of the general population.

“Patients who experienced a concussion were at increased risk of suicide regardless of demographic factors such as age, sex, socioeconomic status or past psychiatric conditions,”
Redelmeier said.

The mean age of patients at the time of suicide was 41, men and women were equally affected, most lived in cities, and the average time gap between the concussion and committing suicide was almost six years.

“It may not be that the concussion was the cause,” Redelmeier noted. “It may be that they were already predisposed towards self-harm activity and in that way the concussion isn’t a mechanism; it is a marker of an underlying tendency. And that certainly could be the case in our study.

“But it does leave this lingering question: Were they just predisposed to begin with or was there a direct injury that disrupted serotonin pathways and led to impulsivity and depression and sleep disturbances and irritability?” (
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, or brain chemical, related to mood regulation, pain perception and other physical functions.)

“The patients that I see, that’s what they talk about a lot: ‘I’ve never fully recovered from the concussion. I’m just not the same,’ ” he said. “For some patients with concussion, it takes so long to get better and you kind of wonder if they fully recover.”

Dr. Anthony Phillips, who was not involved in the study, called it a well-conducted research paper, which shows for the first time that weekend concussions seem to carry an even higher risk of long-term suicide than do weekday concussions.

“There’s reasons for this — the fact that weekend events may be related to recreation where there might be a more severe injury. It’s a very interesting pattern that’s never been reported before,” said Phillips, scientific director of neurosciences for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

“There’s no doubt that there are changes, scars that are left in the brain that are subtle and are producing changes in perhaps neurotransmitters or neural connections,”
he said Monday from Vancouver.

While stressing that the research does not suggest that every person who suffers a concussion “now has a high liability of suicide,” Phillips said the increased risk needs to be taken seriously.

“We’ve got to protect our brains, keep them healthy,” he said. “If you’ve had a concussion, you should take extra precautions to make sure you don’t get another one. It’s a matter of prevention and not putting yourself in harm’s way.”

Interestingly, the study found that about half the patients had visited a physician for unrelated medical issues in the week prior to taking their own lives. Overall, about 80 per cent had seen their doctors in the month prior to their suicide.

“It was a missed opportunity, at face value. A doctor may not be able to make everything perfect, but is in a position to stop a situation from becoming worse,” said Redelmeier, suggesting that patients should routinely be asked about a history of concussion and suicidal thoughts.

“I think an awareness of the association between concussions and suicide is informative not just for public health, but also for practising physicians,” he said.

“Understanding how a history of concussion raises the risk of suicide and supporting patients with better screening, treatment and followup for recovery may be important steps in preventing these tragic and avoidable deaths.” 


Monday, February 15, 2016

McWilliams Arroyo vs Amnat Ruenroeng's IBF Flyweight title (English Comm...


Published on Sep 10, 2014
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
อำนาจเจริญ Ruenroeng (C) กิจการวิเทศธนกิจ vs McWilliams อาร์โรโย
Ruenroeng retains Flyweight belt with split decision. A close fight
was reflected on the cards, 115-114 and 114-113 to Ruenroeng, and
114-113 Arroyo. I scored the contest 115-113 Arroyo.
The champion out
of Thailand survived a 6th round knockdown, his speed and activity
helping him to fend off the more accurate and powerful Arroyo. (English


Sunday, February 14, 2016


  Buster Douglas v Greg Page



On March 9, 2001, Page fought Dale Crowe at Peel's Palace in Erlanger, Kentucky for $1,500. Page appeared to be holding his own with Crowe until the tenth round. Crowe said, "The timekeeper smacked the mat with his hand toward the end of the fight to indicate ten seconds were left, and that's when I went after Greg with one last flurry." Crowe hit Page with a flush left to the chin and then pushed him back. Page fell against the ropes, slid down, and was counted out by the referee.

What followed was chaos. There wasn't an ambulance, a team of paramedics, or oxygen, all of which were required by law. The ringside doctor, Manuel Mediodia, wasn't licensed in Kentucky and was under suspension in Ohio. At the time of the stoppage, Mediodia had already left and had to be brought back into the building. Twenty-two minutes passed before an ambulance arrived.  

Before the fight, Page's trainer, James Doolin, complained to several members of the state commission about the conditions, including the lack of oxygen. He then wrote his complaints on a piece of paper and sealed it inside an envelope. Doolin gave it to the commission chairman, Jack Kerns, who then gave it back to Doolin. "Mail it to me," Kerns said.

Page was taken to the emergency room at St. Luke's hospital, where a CT scan revealed a huge mass being formed by the bleeding inside his head. He was then transported to University Hospital in Cincinnati.  

During post-fight brain surgery, he suffered a stroke and was left paralyzed on the left side of his body. Page was in a coma for nearly a week.   
For the rest of his life, Page suffered many complications from his injury. He was hospitalized numerous times for such ailments as pneumonia, acute respiratory failure, sepsis, hypothermia, and seizures.  

Page filed a lawsuit against the state of Kentucky and settled out of court for $1.2 million in 2007. As part of the settlement, boxing safety regulations the state enacted the previous year were named the "Greg Page Safety Initiative."




Saturday, February 13, 2016

Greg Page vs Dale Crowe

Muhammad Ali gets ROCKED by Earnie Shavers

Magomed Abdusalamov left with severe brain damage.

Magomed Abdusalamov (Russian: Магомед Абдусаламов; born 25 March 1981) is a Russian former professional boxer who fought at heavyweight.

As an amateur, he won the 2005 and 2006 Russian national championships in the super heavyweight division. 

He turned professional in 2008, fighting nineteen times and winning his first eighteen by knockout

In 2013, Abdusalamov was forced to retire from the sport due to severe brain injuries sustained during his only career defeat to Mike Perez.



A Fighter’s Hour of Need

Interviews reveal the events in the 60 minutes after a 2013 bout at Madison
Square Garden that left Magomed Abdusalamov with severe brain damage.


On Nov. 2, 2013, Mike Perez defeated Magomed Abdusalamov in a heavyweight bout at Madison Square Garden. This is a reconstruction of the hour after the fight, based in part on the transcripts of two dozen interviews given under oath and conducted by the New York State Office of the Inspector General as part of its continuing investigation into the fight and the operations of the State Athletic Commission.
His undercard loss unanimous, the heavyweight exits.  His face is misshapen, his eyes swollen, his brain most likely bleeding.The boxer, Magomed Abdusalamov, will never recover. He is 32, a husband and father. They call him Mago
After the fight the boxer collapses into a foldout chair, his hands still encased in protective white wraps. Here is a 6-foot-3, 231-pound vessel damaged by the 10-round bout he has just lost.

Hovering about in the suffocating room are all types: Mago’s father, his brother, his trainer, his cut man, his manager, his manager’s son. A doctor with a kit in his hand. A boxing inspector ...
 A Blood Clot Forms

There have been other traumatic brain injuries, other deaths caused by bleeding in the brain. Now, a blood clot is forming in Mago’s skull, compressing space, requiring a relief of pressure before it’s too late.

Brain bleeds can be slow to reveal themselves.  Boxing’s intent is to render your opponent unconscious, with brain trauma an anticipated possibility.

Mago studies his pulped face in the dressing room mirror. He is not a cursing man, but bad words escape. He is saying his face hurts, or maybe it’s his head that hurts. The back and forth between English and Russian confuses things.

Varlotta subjects Mago to the King-Devick test, which is designed to detect possible concussions through a reading of jumbled numbers displayed on cards. Using his smartphone as a stopwatch, Varlotta records that Mago performs slightly slower than he did during an earlier administration of the test.

At some point the doctor tests Mago’s balance by having him stand and sit. The quick physical exam detects probable hand and nasal fractures, but Varlotta sees no sign of neurological damage.

Meanwhile, Mago’s trainer, John David Jackson, is becoming agitated by what he believes is the wasting of valuable time. What he will remember is his repeated insistence that his fighter needs to go to the hospital.

Jackson, 50, knows the game. His career ended with a 36-4 record and a couple of world titles, but he is best remembered for the 1994 “Fight of the Year.” He had Jorge Castro on the ropes in the ninth round, Castro staggering and all but blind in one eye and then a left hook from nowhere dropped Jackson for the count.

Jackson never liked this matchup to begin with, believing that Mago’s opponent, Mike Perez, was much more experienced. And the fight was particularly brutal; probably should have been stopped. Too late now.

Mago received about 15 minutes of medical attention in the small dressing room. He is not asked to hang around for further observation. He is not re-examined.

Reports go to Dr. Barry Jordan, a neurologist and the athletic commission’s chief medical officer, who sits ringside in the arena, where the tension-filled main event is about to begin.

In addition to serving as the night’s medical supervisor, Jordan has responsibilities that include reviewing the accident reports and determining the length of time before injured boxers can return to the ring. In the case of Magomed Abdusalamov, he scribbles his decisions: 60 days for the facial laceration; “indefinite” for the nasal injury.

Jordan, who has been involved with the athletic commission for 30 years, is considered a leading expert on boxing injuries, particularly those to the brain. He will say with pride that New York is a national leader in boxing safety, and that if Mago had indicated having a headache, the fighter would have been “out the door,” bound for the hospital in an ambulance.

Back in the dressing room, Farrago, the inspector, announces that Mago needs to give urine before being able to leave. But Mago takes a while to deliver. His brother helps him to his feet and walks him to the shower stall, where he eventually urinates into a cup.

Farrago becomes alarmed after seeing what he thinks is the cloudiness of blood in the urine sample. “You need to go to the hospital ASAP,” he says. “You need to take him to the hospital. Get him dressed....”
 “Go outside; hail a cab,” he says. “Just tell them, ‘Go to the nearest hospital.’ ” 

Mago, meanwhile, has been handed a $30,000 check for his night’s labor, but he is struggling to dress himself. His brother helps him into his street clothes ...The boxer is hustled into the taxi, which speeds to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital...
Despite emergency treatment at the hospital, Magomed Abdusalamov was left with severe brain damage. The family’s lawyer, Paul Edelstein, filed lawsuits against the athletic commission, its doctors and others, including Farrago (who later helped to raise money for the Abdusalamovs).

The athletic commission — an agency within the Department of State in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration — has undergone changes, including the appointment of a new chairman and the institution of new protocols. 

Abdusalamov and his family live in a friend’s house in Greenwich, Conn. He is partly paralyzed, cannot speak and requires round-the-clock care.


Friday, February 12, 2016

How to win $100,000

Roy hyas gone crazy...,

All you need to do to win $100,000 is beat Roy Jones Jr. in the ring

Knocking out Roy Jones Jr. could win you a cool $100,000. (John Gurzinski/AFP)

If you’ve ever watched a boxing match and thought to yourself, “man, this guy is nothing,” then here’s a story for you.

Roy Jones Jr., winner of several world boxing titles in multiple divisions, will fight a fan at a Pay-Per-View event in Phoenix on March 20. Whomever enters the ring with Jones that evening will be lucky enough not to get their face smashed in, but potentially even luckier if declared the victor, to the tune of a cool $100 grand. Anyone can enter to get a shot at the former champ and the cash simply by submitting a video, no longer than 90 seconds, detailing why they can hang with the 47-year-old Jones.

Jones provided his own video plugging the event and if you’re thinking of signing up, watching it might give you second thoughts.

The event, titled “UR Fight,” will feature several former big names from boxing, wrestling and MMA, including Ken Shamrock, Kurt Angle, Rey Mysterio and Chael Sonnen. Jones, however, is the only participant who will be taking on a fan.

No word yet on whether any other events in which fans can fight other pro athletes they can’t stand/think they can take out are in the works.
(h/t CBS Sports)

Published on Feb 12, 2016
Submit a video telling us why U should be chosen to step into the ring to face Roy Jones Jr. in the most unique match since Rocky! In this Contest, one lucky punch could land you a knockout victory, fame, accolades, acclaim - not to mention a HUGE cash prize if you can Beat the Champ!

So you think you’ve got what it takes to step into the ring with a certified legend? Sign up now!


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Sugar Ray Robinson : The Bright Lights and Dark Shadows of a Champion

Uploaded on Jul 16, 2011
boxer's ring record, family life and celebrity are documented in film
clips's and interview's with Woody Allen, Dave Anderson, Jack Newfield
and Jake LaMotta.


Monday, February 8, 2016

Address Brain Trauma

Op-Ed Contributor
The doctor who took a stand decades ago against boxing argues that the N.F.L. must acknowledge the high risk of brain injury.
Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
The N.F.L.’s Next Play: Address Brain Trauma or Fade Away
The doctor who took a stand decades ago against boxing argues that the N.F.L. must acknowledge the high risk of brain injury. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Muhammad Ali meets the Dalai Lama back in 2003

Muhammad Ali to meet Dalai Lama in Indiana

    Published: Friday, July 25 2003

    Muhammad Ali will meet the Dalai Lama when the exiled Tibetan leader visits Bloomington, Ind., in September.

    Muhammad Ali will meet the Dalai Lama when the exiled Tibetan leader visits Bloomington, Ind., in September.

    "It will be the first time the two have met," said the Dalai Lama's nephew, Jigme Norbu of Bloomington. "We're honored that he is taking the time and making the effort to be with us."

    The Dalai Lama is scheduled to visit Bloomington Sept. 7 to dedicate a new, 10,000-square-foot interfaith temple, the Chamtse Ling. It will be his fourth visit to Indiana University's hometown, about 50 miles south of Indianapolis.

    Ali plans to attend the ceremony to show support for the temple's mission of promoting world peace and for the people of Tibet, The Herald-Times reported Thursday. The Chinese government has occupied the mountain nation has been occupied for decades.

    The Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959 with thousands of supporters after a failed uprising against China. Since then, the 68-year-old has headed a government-in-exile in the northern Indian town of Dharmsala. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his nonviolent struggle against Chinese rule.

    Ali, the 61-year-old retired heavyweight champion will be a guest in the temple, which also includes quarters for the Dalai Lama.

    Actor Richard Gere, who has been active in the Tibetan cause, also is expected to attend the dedication ceremony. Local religious leaders and Gov. Frank O'Bannon also have been invited.

    The U.S. State Department is in charge of security, which is expected to include metal detectors, bomb-sniffing dogs, bag searches and pat-downs.