Ring tragedy from a doctor's perspective

Is boxing any safer to its participants now than it was 25 years ago?

Originally Published: November 13, 2007
By Dr. Margaret Goodman | Special to ESPN.com

It's been 25 years since Duk Koo Kim died after fighting Ray Mancini on national television. Kim collapsed at 19 seconds of the 14th round. He received emergency surgery to remove a large blood clot on the brain's surface, but died five days later.

The facts surrounding the Kim-Mancini bout are similar to those of any ring death. The fight was brutal, but so are many bouts that don't end in calamity. Defenders of the sport point to boxing's "inherent danger" as a vague absolution.

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