A Boxer's Brain

A Boxer's Brain

Post by Norm Ols » Sat, 08 Feb 1997 04:00:00


The appearance of Oliver McCall vs Lennox Lewis on HBO tonight should make
a person wonder why it takes this tragic performance to make the public
and the state boxing commissions consider the pschological welfare of a
boxer as a factor in a sporting contest. It simply hasn't a consideration
as long as the man can move his eyes and know what country he is in.
While it may well be impossible to monitor and regulate a law or rule that
requires a boxer to be mentally competitent, there is no excuse to ignore
3 arrests of a person in the past year who is obviously having major
personal problems, while allowing him to place himself in situation in
which he may well be injured.  I shouldn't have to defend this statement:
"Boxers are people too!"

Norm

 
 
 

A Boxer's Brain

Post by Ukali Mwend » Sun, 09 Feb 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> The appearance of Oliver McCall vs Lennox Lewis on HBO tonight
> should make a person wonder why it takes this tragic performance
> to make the public and the state boxing commissions consider the
> pschological welfare of a boxer as a factor in a sporting contest.

We certainly witnessed a LOUD wake-up call last night.

McCall's personal troubles were well known to all the people involved in
pulling this re-match together. What a tragic, scary scene the ring was...
I was brought to tears watching this man crumble from within.

Quote:
> It simply hasn't a consideration as long as the man can move his
> eyes and know what country he is in.

Better, more stringent (and more compassionate) standards are definately
called for. I'm still waiting for thumbless gloves to become mandatory.
However, I wouldn't want the guidelines changed so much that boxing becomes
the circus that "professional" wrestling is.

Quote:
> While it may well be impossible to monitor and regulate a law or
> rule that requires a boxer to be mentally competitent, there is no
> excuse to ignore 3 arrests of a person in the past year who is
> obviously having major personal problems, while allowing him to
> place himself in situation in which he may well be injured.

...or where he might needlessly injure his opponent.

Quote:
> I shouldn't have to defend this statement:
> "Boxers are people too!"

Indeed!

And so are millions of boxing fans. We deserve better, too!

From the sidelines,

Ukali

 
 
 

A Boxer's Brain

Post by Dave Nava » Mon, 10 Feb 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

>The appearance of Oliver McCall vs Lennox Lewis on HBO tonight should make
>a person wonder why it takes this tragic performance to make the public
>and the state boxing commissions consider the pschological welfare of a
>boxer as a factor in a sporting contest.

You have to be a little crazy to be a boxer in the first place.
Psychological testing? I think maybe an expanded and mandatory drug
test for substance abuse in the last 90 days might be more
appropriate.

Quote:
>It simply hasn't a consideration
>as long as the man can move his eyes and know what country he is in.
>While it may well be impossible to monitor and regulate a law or rule that
>requires a boxer to be mentally competitent, there is no excuse to ignore
>3 arrests of a person in the past year who is obviously having major
>personal problems, while allowing him to place himself in situation in
>which he may well be injured.  

Ya, Norm, FWIW I was thinking that the discipline of training camp
would be the best thing for McCall.

Quote:
>I shouldn't have to defend this statement:
>"Boxers are people too!"

Yeah, not disposable pawns. Amen.

---knave