Boxer collapses during Minnesota bout, dies; 1st ring death in state since '94

  • Article by: Paul Walsh , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 21, 2013 - 4:38 PM

The amateur collapsed and lost consciousness seconds after the opening round in the first ring death in Minnesota in nearly 20 years and probably the second boxing match fatality in state history.

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jastkeFeb. 21, 13 2:17 PM

High level boxers are among the most talented, best conditioned and most mentally focused athletes in all of sports. However, the rules of boxing allow and encourage you to win by purposely damaging your opponent's brain, and this tragic event is unfortunately not an isolated occurrence. For this reason it would not surprise me if boxing were eventually banned.

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loop80Feb. 21, 13 4:02 PM

"However, the rules of boxing allow and encourage you to win by purposely damaging your opponent's brain". That is what boxing is. It isn't about only hitting the body. Not sure what your point is.

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zekefaxFeb. 21, 13 5:15 PM

Even though boxing is a sport where the head is targeted, any number of "sports" that we enjoy so much can result in death. People are always stepping up to engage in these sports in spite of the chance of death or major injury. I don't see this brutal sport ever being banned!

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mp7nycFeb. 21, 13 8:58 PM

As we sit here waiting for JJ Moen's big strong heart to be removed from his body and used to save someone's life, I have to respond to the rash of surface and irresponsible reporting perpetrated in this case. This is a letter I wrote in response to the shabby reporting done here in the last few days. " Don't you think a story as profoundly important to the local sports community as a boxer who dies due to lax practices by medical "professionals" and coaches and trainers deserves some actual reporting? Please dig deep. Talk to more than one witness. You didn't even bother to report on a profoundly moving human interest angle regarding the recent engagement and impending wedding of of the boxer who died. Please report responsibly. Your community relays on what you do. "

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JPetersen3Feb. 22, 13 6:22 AM

mp7nyc: If you believe the information you have is so important and more accurate than has been reported.....put your real name and real address on your messages and contact the appropriate authorities instead of attacking the reporter through the anonymous comments section.

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rhinomplsFeb. 27, 13 8:30 PM

I trained for a couple years during college at Eddie's gym and had a couple of amateur fights under him. Eddie kept sparring short and would stop and check on me frequently if I was being hit too much. I never saw an injury more serious than a black eye in nearly two years of attending his gym 2-3 times a week. It's an awful tragedy to see someone pass away so early in life.

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