Originally Posted by Ray*
How many people have actually suffer from Parkinson's in boxing? Because apart from Ali and Roach I can't link anyone else to it, So I wouldn't even link boxing to the disease.
Parkinson's Disease is not a type of dementia but the two are closely related, thats why its sometimes known fully as PDD Parkinson's disease dementia. So its universally thoughts that its causes are similar. There are many ways to develop dementia, one of which is multiple concussions, or concussive blows to the head.
Not many fighters have developed Parkinson's but many have developed Pugulistic dementia, such as Wilfred Benitez, Jimmy Ellis, Floyd Patterson, Meldrick Taylor, Ray Robinson, Joe Frazier, Emile Griffith, there are more but can't think at the moment...