This week has been more than a mere embarrassment and humiliation for British boxing. Things have to change
Boxing is stalked by the ghosts and tragedies of the past. The chaos of this week in British boxing cannot shut out the distressing memories that still haunt the Eubank and Benn families. Michael Watson ended up in a coma for months, and his life has never been the same, after he and Chris Eubank Sr met in the ring in 1991. Nigel Benn showed such ferocity four years later that his opponent, Gerald McClellan, went blind and suffered terrible brain damage. Chris Eubank Jr’s fists sent Nick Blackwell tumbling into a coma in 2016. Both families have been scarred by the damage done in the ring.
Eddie Hearn is acutely aware of these grim stories in British boxing. He also cried openly when Patrick Day, an intelligent and inspirational young American fighter, lost his life after fighting on a Hearn promotion in Chicago in 2019. Yet the famously garrulous promoter and his paymasters, the streaming service Dazn, risked shredding all vestiges of their integrity by riding roughshod over the stipulation by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) that Saturday night’s fight between Conor Benn and Chris Eubank Jr should be “prohibited”.
Written by Donald McRae
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/oct/06/benn-v-eubank-chaos-leaves-a-legacy-of-greed-stupidity-and-danger under the title “Benn v Eubank chaos leaves a legacy of greed, stupidity and danger | Donald McRae”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.