Boxers know the risks and their bravery is in continuing to take them | Kevin Mitchell

27 February 2018 09:53
Scott Westgarth’s death is being felt across the sport, but the predictable calls for boxing to be banned that will follow do not see the whole pictureAnother death, another rancorous debate. Scott Westgarth, a 31-year-old light-heavyweight who came to boxing late and left it too early, has died after winning the 10th fight of his short professional career. He will have no say in the agonised discussions to follow, except as collateral evidence.Rolling bulletins on Monday morning – some of them brief mentions tacked on to the affairs of state and passing concern about the worsening weather – generated the first wave of familiar sadness and predictable controversy. The sport rose as one to laud a warrior, whether the defenders knew Westgarth well or not, because they understand the sacrifices and dangers of their calling better than the abolitionists they realised would soon be added to the noise. Related: Kell Brook: ‘I hit rock bottom – I was a lost soul, the lowest I’ve ever been’ Continue reading. . read full article

Source: TheGuardian