Boxing is a thought sport it is usually described as fist fighting using boxing gloves. This art of attack and defense is practiced as a sport worldwide. The first known use of this word dates back from 1605. The rules limit legal blows to those striking above the opponent’s waist. This is a highly dangerous sport. It is not a “roll play” like many other similar sports. People have been known to lose their lives in the ring. People box for all kinds of reasons among which are money, fame and the rush for adrenaline. However, the consequences can be fatal. Therefore, we present you some of the worst boxing injuries.
1. Evander Holyfield VS. Mike Tyson
Mike Tyson aka Iron Mike aka Kid Dynamite aka The Baddest man on the planet will probably be remembered the most by the fight with Evander Holyfield in 1997. The multiple champion, described by many as a wild reckless animal bit Evander’s ear off on June the 28th 1997. Both the judges and the viewers were shocked by this act. Everyone thought that he was going to be disqualified but only two points were deducted. The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas stared in disbelief. In the fourth round Tyson repeated the same savage move and was finally disqualified.
2. Duk-Koo Kim VS. Ray Mancini
November 13, 1982 was the day of the famous match between Duk-Koo Kim and Ray Mancini. The 21-year-old lightweight champion met 23-year-old Duk-Koo Kim. It ended as a match with a tragic outcome when Mancini hit his opponent in the 14 round with a hard right. Duk-Koo Kim fell on the canvas. Somehow he managed to get up but the referee ended the fight. He fell into coma and died four days later from brain injuries. He was not the first boxer who died in the ring but this fight was remembered for its aftermath. Both Kim’s mom and the match referee committed suicide. Mancini suffered from depression and was never the same again.
3. Becky Zerlentes VS. Heather Schmitz
Becky Zerlentes is considered to be the first woman to have died in the ring. She was 34 at the time. It was supposed to be her last fight since she was considering leaving boxing because of her age. She was a college teacher and an award-winning female boxer. She died in 2005 when Schmitz punched her. She fell unconscious, despite the fact that she was wearing protective head gear and never regained consciousness. She died several hours later as a consequence of “blunt force trauma to the head”.
4. Frankie Campbell VS. Max Bear
Frankie Campbell lost his life in a fight against Max Bear, a fighter who has been presents as a vicious killer in the movie Cinderella Man. The fight was held in San Francisco on August 25th, 1930. His brain was knocked off loose from his skull and was pronounced dead the following day. Bear was accused of manslaughter but was later acquitted. He had to give his entire earnings from following marches.