Throughout a boxer’s career, 90% of them will suffer from a concussion which could lead to long-term effects.
Between 1980 and 2011, an average of 13 people died every year from boxing-related injuries, according to a survey carried out by Manuel Velazquez. These statistics don’t faze South Yorkshire boxer Maxi Hughes.
He said: “The risks involved in boxing does play on my friends and families mind. They don’t want me to do it, which is understandable.”
Hughes watched his close friend, and fellow boxer, Scott Westgarth die after his light-heavyweight meeting with Dec Spelman in February 2018. He was rushed to hospital after 10 rounds before dying two days later.
“When a tragedy like with Scott, the boxing world seems to come together and pull through,” he added.
“I dedicate a lot to Scott. It was a tragedy and a lot of people have been put off by it. It is a strong community in boxing, there’s been a lot of fundraising for Scott’s family.
“I try not to let it play on my mind.
“As a fighter I’ve dedicated half of my life to fighting because it’s all I want to do.”
The Board of Boxing Control have strict medical measures in place to try and ensure all professional boxers safety within the UK.
“When a doctor is appointed to the Board’s panel of Medical Officers, he or she has a thorough knowledge of the most common injuries which can occur during the course of a boxing match,” a statement on their website said.
“On the day of a tournament one of the Medical Officers appointed to officiate will attend the ‘weigh in’. Each boxer undergoes a medical examination and is questioned on their medical history. If the officer if unsatisfied about the condition of either boxer then they will not sign the certificate to allow the contest to take place.”