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18 Year old Australian Ameuteur boxer dies after fight

Discussion in 'Boxing Discussion' started by animalfan10, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. animalfan10

    animalfan10 Brown Belt

    Sep 30, 2010
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    Family, police search for clues to fighter's death

    I know its not kickboxing... but I just came across this and this is very very unfortunate and sad

    "A young Sunshine Coast boxer who died after a fight in Mackay will be laid to rest this week as his shattered family, the boxing community and police continue the search for clues to his fatal collapse.

    Alex Slade, a seemingly fit and healthy 18-year-old just a handful of bouts in his amateur career, will be farewelled at Noosa on Thursday after he slumped to the canvas on October 2 following a bout in the Sunstate Amateur Boxing League titles.

    He never regained consciousness and died in Townsville Hospital a week later.

    Advertisement: Story continues below Police are preparing a report for the coroner and it is believe Slade's death is the first in the history of amateur boxing in Australia.

    There is no suggestion there was anything improper in the bout and both fighters were checked by a doctor at the start of the tournament and prior to the fight.

    Slade was given a standing eight count earlier in the four-round contest against Mackay's Hayden Buchanan but witnesses told brisbanetimes.com.au Slade never showed signs of distress prior to his collapse.

    Amateur boxing in the Olympic style, where fighters wear headgear and fight predominantly for points rather than dramatic knock-outs, prides itself on its safety record and Slade's death has sent shudders through the sport.

    Police are still collating information surrounding Slade's health in the lead-up to the fight amid suggestions he may have been involved in a car accident the week prior to lacing up the gloves.

    Slade fought out of the Impact Gym in Cooroy and worked part-time as a nightclub security guard at clubs on the Sunshine Coast. His trainer, Mark Evans, was not available for comment yesterday.

    The tragedy will only intensify the focus on boxing, a sport that has already attracted calls for a total ban from the Australian Medical Association. But senior figures in the fight game spoke up yesterday, saying amateur boxing is strictly policed and remained safer than many other contact sports.

    Bernie McFadden, the president of the Global boxing organisation of which Slade was a member, said no corners were cut when it came to dealing with the wellbeing of fighters.

    "Our safety is exceptional. Our gloves are softer and more padded. It's not like kick-boxing and cage wrestling where you wear almost no gloves. We're restricted to stringent rules that we stick by," McFadden said.

    "We have a medical at the beginning of every year. And the boys are examined prior to a fight. In football, they come back on and play after being knocked out. With us, if a boy is knocked out, he doesn't fight for three weeks.

    "And it's very rare a boy ever gets knocked out. I think we've had one or two in 10 years."

    Veteran trainer Noel Thornberry, whose father Trevor fell into a coma after a fight in 1971 and is still feeling the effects, backed calls for mandatory MRIs for professionals but said there was no cloud over the safety standards in the amateur ranks.

    "As a contact sport, I don't there's any contact sport with safety statistics like amateur boxing," he said.

    "If they were to impose a law that every boxer had to have an MRI before they turn professional, I'd embrace that in a heartbeat. The whole reason to do it is to protect people.

    "But amateur boxing has to be one of the safest sports there is. And referees don't let it go longer than it should. They just don't."

    Family, police search for clues to fighter's death
  2. thirteen

    thirteen Brown Belt

    Oct 13, 2007
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    That's heartbreaking news for the entire Australian Amatuer boxing community.
    Condolences to the family.
  3. Whitman

    Whitman Blue Belt

    Aug 17, 2010
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    Oh wow, that's horrible..

    Reminds me of the woman who died after being knocked out at the IKF Nationals this year.

    Very sad indeed, best wishes to his family.
  4. BigInJapan

    BigInJapan Green Belt

    Aug 23, 2009
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    I hope they figure out what happened so they prevent this with future kids. So sad when this happens. RIP
  5. Vil7

    Vil7 Silver Belt

    Mar 22, 2007
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    That's very unfortunate, RIP.
  6. meauneau

    meauneau Brown Belt

    Jan 25, 2006
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    Really sad. Death can come in any way. My condolences to the family.
  7. mmafreedom

    mmafreedom Purple Belt

    Apr 7, 2009
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    Scary stuff. RIP.

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