5. Richard Grant VS. James Butler
James Butler, also known as Harlem Hammer fought Richard “The Alien” Grant in November 2001. It was a boxing match like any other, but the following event are the reason it made onto our list. Butler was enraged for losing and instead of shaking the opponent’s hand he gave him a punch to the head. Grant suffered numerous facial injuries including a broken jaw, lacerated tongue, and several stitches. He served time in prison for second-degree assault after hitting his opponent long after the final bell.
6. Benny Paret VS. Emile Griffith
Benny Paret fought his final fight on March 24, 1962. In the 12th round, Griffit hit Paret 29 times in a row. Only after Paret fell on the ropes did the referee Ruby Goldstein stop the fight. Paret went into a coma and died ten days later. The referee Ruby Goldstein got criticized for not stopping the fight earlier. He was never again a referee. In 2005 in a Documentary Ring of Fire Ruby met Paret’s son who forgave him. Does a murder in the ring really differ from any other sort of murder? And should it be left unpunished?
7. Billy Collins Jr. VS. Luis Resto
Another dark memory from the boxing history was when Rest’s manager cheated in order to give Resto an advatege. Since all odds were on Collins, Resto’s manager talked Resto into removing the padding from his gloves. Thus Resto had harder punches. As a consequence Collins lost his vision and two years after he committed a suicide. Both Resto and his manger served jail time for the illegal gloves that are considered to be a deadly weapon.
8. Emanuel Augustus VS. Jon Thaxton
In September 1998 Jon Thaxton was defeated. It was his first knockout loss in the career. He lost both of is titles (WBO Intercontinental Light-Welterweight title and IBF Intercontinental Light-Welterweight title) when he was knocked down by an American, Emanuel Augustus in the seventh round.