World heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko and his company K2 Promotions have been sued by the family of boxer Magomed Abdusalamov, over permanent brain damage he sustained in a fight on November 3, 2014 at the famed Madison Square Gardens in New York. Abdusalamov fought boxer Mike Perez in a 10 round bout and sustained extensive neurological damage due to repeated blows to the head. Abdusalamov suffered such a severe beating during the bout, he sustained strokes and required brain surgery. He can no longer walk or talk.
Abdusalamov's wife contends the fight should have been stopped and her husband given immediate medical attention. Instead, Abdusalamov, injured and in pain, took a cab to the hospital, where the full extent of his injuries were discovered. Klitschko has forwarded the case to K2 Production's insurance company, but they are refusing to pay. The insurance company states the policy does not cover injuries sustained in the ring.
Mike Perez (left) vs. Magomed Abdusalamov (right)
The Judiciary Report has repeatedly written about head injuries and separately as it relates to boxers. To make it to the top as a boxer requires a significant amount of hard work. It is physically and mentally grueling, day in and day out. Only the toughest and mentally strongest boxers make it to the top. It is not easy and requires hours of physically taxing training and conditioning at least 5 days a week.
Boxers have to be dedicated and careful regarding how they plot, plan and perform in their careers. You have to take the right fights at the right time in your career, following a slow and steady progression to gain experience and develop to your full potential. Taking the wrong fight at the wrong time can end a career in more ways than one.
Some want boxers to draw out fights to show their abilities as pugilists. However, it is dangerous. I grew up watching Tyson fight. He was the fighter of my generation and we all full well knew the fight could end in seconds due to a knock out (you bought the ticket, you knew, get over it LOL).
It should always be get in the ring and get out as soon as possible, especially when you're a heavyweight boxer, as they hit the hardest and can inflict the most damage. Hit and don't get hit (within reason) should be the goal, wrapping it up as soon as possible. The human brain is very delicate and not meant to withstand physical punishment especially of a sustained and forceful nature.
Boxers such as Muhammad Ali paid a price with their long term health for taking too many blows to the head in putting on a good show. Back then the risks were not fully understood, but now they are and must be minimized. American football players are also at risk, due to the significant hits they take on the gridiron, greatly increasing their risk of Alzheimer and Parkinsons.