Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Chris John Appeals For Change After Latest Boxing Death

By Wimbo Satwiko

Speaking on the day Muhammad Afrizal was supposed to get married, Chris John offered his condolences to the deceased boxer’s family and urged authorities to make sure Indonesian boxing saw no further casualties.

Afrizal died on April 4, four days after undergoing brain surgery for a subdural hematoma, a collection of blood on the surface of the brain. He suffered the injury during a super featherweight fight in Jakarta against Irvan Barita Marbun.

Chris, the World Boxing Association featherweight super champion, said his heart went out to Afrizal’s family.

“I hope this will not happen again, and local boxing authorities must take lessons from the incident,” he said on Sunday.

Afrizal, who was due to marry on Sunday, was Indonesia’s 28th boxing casualty since 1948. The last fatality was Anis Dwi Mulya in 2007.

Having started his professional career at the lowest level, Chris said he knew well how hard life was in the local boxing scene. Fighters must contend with a dearth of sponsors and unpredictable schedules in addition to their opponents.

Chris is one of the few local boxers to rise through the ranks and secure good management en route to international success. The 32-year-old urged local sanctioning bodies to pay better attention to boxers’ safety.

“I think they should hold a sort of workshop on health and safety for both boxers and trainers. It’s important to avoid more casualties in the local boxing scene. At the least, boxers and trainers should know why it can happen and how to prevent it,” he said.

He pointed to one bad habit that had persisted throughout the years. Many local trainers order boxers not to drink too much water when training in order to reach their ideal weight.

“That’s wrong. One thing that can save lives is to have a proper water supply in our body. Fluids are very important. From what I know, our brain is protected by fluid and when we don’t have a proper fluid supply, that will decrease and our brain won’t get have protection from impact. That could lead to brain hemorrhaging if our head gets punched,” Chris said.

He also urged all stakeholders to look at themselves in order to benefit the local boxing scene.

“Trainers and managers must know how to save their boxers, while boxers have to improve their game in order to get more pay and attract bigger sponsors for their careers,” Chris said.

Tags: Chris John image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mushahadeen on 04-15-2012

STFU Chris John. Loser.

Comment by Reloaded on 04-15-2012

[QUOTE=RyunosukeRonin;12007615]Dehydration is a serious situation when it comes to this type of occurence That sounds like an awful lot of deaths for 1 country to have especially given how limited at the world class level it's been too many low…

Comment by BattleAxePurist on 04-15-2012

Dehydration is a serious situation when it comes to this type of occurence That sounds like an awful lot of deaths for 1 country to have especially given how limited at the world class level it's been too many low…

Comment by calamaro on 04-15-2012

It's a tragedy, but it's impossible to totally avoid this things in boxing. Rest in peace.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (4)
Top Headlines Braehmer vs. Cleverly: CompuBox Historical Review Promoter: Going Forward, Parker Will Be One Dangerous Bastard! Tyson Fury With Cryptic Tweet of Scarface as Cocaine Mess Looms Juergen Braehmer-Nathan Cleverly: Pre-Fight Report Card WBO Contacts British Board Over Tyson Fury Cocaine Scandal Frank Warren: Can Fury Return Stronger if He Beats His Demons? Photos: Manny Pacquiao Training Hard For Jessie Vargas Clash Golovkin's Coach: Options Lacking at 168, No Reason To Move Up Cleverly Hungry To Relive The Dream of Being World Champion Parker Stops Dimitrenko In Three, Retains Mandatory Slot Frank Warren: Show in Cardiff Keeps Getting Bigger and Better Carl Froch, Johnny Nelson Split on Braehmer-Cleverly Outcome Anthony Mundine Seriously Considering a Future in Politics Joseph Parker Aims To Make a Big Statement With Dimitrenko Braehmer-Cleverly: Five Years Later, Yet Right On Time Peter Quillin Starts Rebuilding Career - With Virgil Hunter! Mikkel Kessler Expects Big Things From His Protege Khattab Joseph Parker Compares Younger Brother To 'Little Mike Tyson' Erik Ruiz Shocks Hanzel Martinez, John Vera Blasts Out Zizic Arum: De La Hoya is Like a Momma in How He Protects Canelo! Upset Alert: Dominguez Stops Payasito Hernandez In Four Petrov Batters Perez For TKO, in Line For Linares-Crolla Winner Mike Lee Drops, Outworks Chris Traietti To Grab Clear Decision Mike Towell Dies From Injuries in Knockout Loss To Dale Evans Joseph Parker's Promoter: Andy Ruiz on Board With The Fight Mauricio Herrera vs. Pablo Cesar Cano on November 18 WBO, WBA Keeping Close Eye on Tyson Fury Cocaine Scandal AIBA Developing Anti-Betting Program For Boxers Photos: Humberto Soto, Daniel Ruiz Prepared For Mexican War Klitschko's Manager: Fury is Most Unworthy Champion in History! Ed Brown, Alejandro Hernandez Ready For Respective Bouts Manny Pacquiao: No Reason To Apologize For Past Drug Use Kovalev, Bellew Backing Cleverly To Overcome Braehmer Nehomar Cermeno's Win Opens The Door For Scott Quigg Clash Peralta Leaves Cab at Home, Heads To Miami With New Coach Photos: Joseph Parker, Alexander Dimitrenko - Ready For War Petrov Talks Linares-Crolla, Promises Fireworks With Perez Tyson Fury Tests Positive For Cocaine! Titles in Jeopardy! Braehmer, Cleverly Make Weight For Long Awaited Clash Mundine Wants To Boycott National Anthem, Eyes Politics
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement