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Brain injury charity calls for boxing to be banned after another death in the ring

Thu 25 Jul 2019

The death of 28-year-old Russian boxer Maxim Dadashev is an unacceptable waste of yet another young life, according to brain injury charity Headway.

The charity, which supports people affected by acquired brain injury, has reiterated its call for boxing to be banned following the tragic death of the fighter this week.

Peter McCabe, Chief Executive of Headway, said: “We are saddened to hear of this tragic loss of life and our thoughts go out to Maxim’s family and friends.

“It’s heartbreaking that another child has lost their father in this senseless manner.

“Suggestions that boxers understand the risk, or that such tragedies are unpredictable are simply not credible. Young boxers are not provided with the information to make an informed choice.

“So long as the ultimate objective of boxing is to render your opponent senseless by repeated blows to the head, then boxing will remain a dangerous activity.”

"In the words of Maxim’s own trainer Buddy McGirt after the fight “He seemed OK, he was ready, but it’s the sport that we’re in. It just takes one punch.”

“The time has come for boxing to be banned.”

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