One such critic is Peter McCabe of the brain charity Headway. The wily counter-puncher in this match-up, McCabe responded to Smith’s comments with a swift, succinct condemnation of the sport.
"Every time a boxer gets into the ring, there is a significant risk that they may lose their life or sustain a devastating, life-changing brain injury," he said. "Until this sport is banned, more young lives will be tragically lost."
McCabe also replied directly to Smith and asked, "If a governing body is admitting that the medical provisions it puts in place are not effective, why is the sport allowed to continue?"
This is a pretty damning argument, but is it justified? The answer would certainly appear to be no. For a start, the last boxing fatality in Britain was over seventeen years ago, a period that included the death of over fifty active professional footballers. Considering the nature of the sport, this indicates the extremely high level of protection boxing affords.
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