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He was eighteen years old when he lost his life Jeanette Zacarias Zapata; in Scotland, La Fénix Ayala is slowly recovering from an induced coma,


He was eighteen years old when he lost his life Jeanette Zacarias Zapata; in Scotland, La Fénix Ayala is slowly recovering from an induced coma, and recently in South Africa —at only 24 years old— passed away.

Finding guilty would be the simplest thing, but looking for solutions at the root, practically nobody.

I understand perfectly well that boxing is a contact sport and, therefore, there are risks, but there is also a lot of indifference and failures of origin that put fighters at much more risk, seeking glory, legacy and literally getting out of poverty — get into the ring without due precautions.

The World Boxing Councilhand in hand with UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles), has worked hard on the medical and prevention side, but what seems impossible to eradicate is the behavior of some voracious “human” beings, who —as long as they literally earning a few pesos—they risk the lives of the warriors who climb the rope full of illusions and who sadly, in some cases, fortunately still isolated, no longer return.

Deeply dismayed, I recently spoke with the world-renowned doctor Gustavo Orozco, who from Guadalajara and based on his vast experience, told me the following: “Hits are inevitable in boxing, but good prevention would radically change our sport. We need to pay more attention to the nutrition of fighters, to avoid chronic inflammation and thus minimize the effects of power shots during fights.”

These would be the first steps towards the true professionalization of boxing. We must not forget that, in countless cases, medical examinations prior to fights are avoided or falsified. This, obviously, would never happen with a world champion, because in these instances there are plenty of economic resources, but what about those who earn 10,000 pesos per fight and pre-fight check-ups can amount to 50,000 pesos… Simply, math doesn’t work.

The University of the World Boxing Council is doing a commendable job in the prevention and preparation of all those who, in some way, are involved with boxing; however, it is urgent that some brands and foundations unite around boxing, to prevent and not regret.

I hope that these lines impact those with a total lack of scruples so that they stop now, and in return that there is an expansive wave of kindness, for all those who want to add to the prevention in boxing, so that there are no more Jeanettes, Alejandras and Simisos.

@ErnestoAmador