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Fighting the ravages of head trauma

Las Vegas brain health center studies long-term effects of combat sports

Originally Published: August 17, 2012
By Kieran Mulvaney | ESPN.com

Yes, boxing is a sport. Yes, there is theoretically as much emphasis on not being hit as on hitting one's opponent. Yes, there are plenty of purists who enjoy the defensive wizardry of a Pernell Whitaker or Floyd Mayweather Jr.

But there is also no question that what attracts most casual fans to boxing -- and what excites its hard-core supporters as well -- is a knock-down, drag-out fight, a give-and-take battle in which punches are swapped with abandon. And if that fight ends with a stoppage, ...

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