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Boxing's new 21-point safety program

Updated: March 14, 2002, 11:57 AM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

March 20, 1948

Several ring deaths in the past year, including Jimmy Doyle's at the hands of welterweight champ Sugar Ray Robinson, lead to the National Boxing Association adopting a 21-point safety program designed for the protection of all fighters under its jurisdiction.

Among the new rules are more thorough physical examinations, a minimum of six weeks elapsed before a knocked-out boxer can fight again, a mandatory eight-count after knockdowns and the use of eight-ounce ...

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