LONDON– British middleweight boxer Nick Blackwell remains in an induced coma following his defeat to Chris Eubank Jr. on Saturday.
That bad left eye tells a nasty tale.
The 25-year-old fighter suffered bleeding on the brain after the fight was stopped in the 10th round. The stoppage came after a ringside doctor advised the referee that Blackwell was unable to see through his left eye.
Recently Will Smith made a movie called Concussion depicting the possible brain injuries that football player chance at all levels of the sport. It was a very well done movie and called attention to the long range head injuries in the football. Whether MUCH will be done because of it is a different story. We all know that money talks and bull-shit walks.
The NFL is one of the most wealthy and powerful entities in the country and has too much at stake to shut the doors. The combined net wort of all the teams combined is in the neighborhood of $62 billion dollars. Each team is worth about 1.9 billion. Those are so serious numbers in any ones book.
Lets face it, we live in a violent society. People go to auto races, not to see who wins the race but how many wrecks there are. That hold true with all sports. The public loves to see blood.
In the news there is very little mention of the potential injuries in the boxing and UFC (cage fighting) industries. In my opinion, the dangers to head trauma in those 2 sports is literally 40 – 50 times worse, if not more, to the head than football. The contestant take a hell of a pounding and most of the shots are to the head throughout the fight.
In the UFC the pay-days to the contestant is minimal unless they are the top of their weight division.
It is just a matter of time before someone is killed in the ring.
Years ago I watched the fight when Boom Boom Mancini killed the Korean fighter in the ring. It is not a pretty sight.
There are some good trainer and managers out there that have the welfare of their fighter at heart but on the other side of the coin there are the scumbags that regard their fighters as a piece of meat and a meal ticket.
More important than getting injured while participating in the sport; the long range effects are the real KILLERS.
I have watched some very pathetic interviews with OLD pro football players that absolutely regret ever playing the game. Many of them are intelligible – can’t walk – are bed ridden and permanently disabled; all for their 15 minutes of fame.
Do I think that many football team owners or owners of the boxing and UFC games truly care about these people; absolutely not. As long as they can keep charging outrageous prices for admissions – selling flat beer – peanuts – hot dogs and popcorn at highly exaggerated prices, it will be business as usual. There are some that care but they are in the minority.
There is too much money at risk in all these sports for them to be shut down. Nothing will ever change.