Ring 10

Helping Retired Boxers Through The Toughest Fight of Their Lives

As much as we appreciate the Boxers, we need to find a cure for CTE or “we can just stick our heads in the sand and call them “Punchy”.

Another one of boxing’s heroes, former world champion Joe Louis is now largely believed to have suffered from CTE in his later years. Participating in 70 fights between 1934 and 1951, he won 66 and is considered one of the first athletes to challenge the racial barrier in the United States. Known for his ability to soak up damage in the ring, Louis was known for being “punch drunk” in his later years. “Punch Drunk” was the layman’s term for CTE-like conditions suffered by boxers after their careers. He suffered well-documented physical and mental breakdowns throughout his post-boxing life and these have been attributed to severe mental degeneration and drug use.

One of the most decorated boxers of all time is also argued by many to have suffered from serious CTE later in life. “Sugar” Ray fought a total of 198 professional bouts between 1940 and 1965, winning 173 of them; many by knockout.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While he lived a very lavish lifestyle while fighting, he suffered financially later in life and developed Alzheimers before dying in 1989 at just 67. One of the most decorated boxers of all time is also argued by many to have suffered from serious CTE later in life. “Sugar” Ray fought a total of 198 professional bouts between 1940 and 1965, winning 173 of them; many by knockout.