Stanchov’s death shook the world boxing world and raised questions about the safety of boxers when participating in the sport. Because Stanchov is the 8th boxer to die on the ring since 2016. Accordingly, Mike Towell, David Whittom, Tim Hague and Scott Westgarth died in 2016 and 2017.
In 2018, Christian Daghio lost consciousness for 2 days before dying of injuries. Most recently, on July 19 this year, martial artist Maxim Dadashev died at the age of 28 due to a head injury in a defeat to Subriel Matias of Puerto Rico. The Russian boxer underwent a serious brain surgery after the 11th defeat of a match for the IBF lightweight title in Maryland.
Dadashev was operated on the right side of the skull to reduce swelling of the brain after a hematoma. The operation lasted for hours and the St Petersburg city fighter then went into a coma, before dying later.
In addition to Dadashev, Argentine fighter Hugo Santillan also died just a week later (July 25) in a duel against Uruguay’s Eduardo Javier Abreu.
It’s no surprise that the wave of calls to ban boxing matches continues and put the sport at risk of being excluded from the Olympic competition program.
It is undeniable that boxing is so popular among fans before all realize that being caught up in violent fights can end a life. As mentioned above, there have been 8 boxers who have died since 2016. And while one death is too much, people are trying to reconcile the beauty of the sport with deadly danger that it brings. The truth is, one element will not exist without the other.
Think of some of the most famous boxers: Muhammad Ali, Roberto Duran, Mike Tyson, Arturo Gatti, Micky Ward, Manny Pacquiao. No one is a defensive expert among these. The showdown of the year often goes to the best fights; ridiculed defence experts are dull; the referee was disparaged for stopping the game too early; Giving up boxers is considered weak.
After all this is boxing, whether better or worse, an exercise that tests both willpower and skills unlike any other man’s sport. Along with that is an uneasy certainty that is present not only on every practice card or in every fight but also in every round: Fighters risk their lives. For money, for glory, for the eagerness of the fans, though every time appearing on the arena knows the danger.
Even so, despite hundreds of deaths on the ring, boxing is still one of the sports that can draw fans to the ring, watch television the most. And let’s not forget the specter of death that has covered the arenas throughout history: From the origins of boxing is recorded as a popular sport in ancient Greece and Rome (until it was Theodoric abolished in 500 AD), during a revival in England in the 1600s and modernized with the Marquess of Queensberry Rules in 1884 to this day.
It should be added that according to the figures published in February 1995, which was 24 years ago, approximately 500 martial artists have died on the ring or since the birth of the Marquess of Queensberry Law in 1884. In 1953 alone, 22 martial artists died.