Originally Posted by SBleeder
A Canadian lightweight named Cleveland Denny was stopped on the undercard of the first Leonard-Duran fight; sixteen days later, he died after never regaining consciousness. The official was apparently standing behind the opponent, Gaetan Hart, furiously trying to wave off the fight, but Hart never saw it and continued to pummel Denny.
I never complain about "premature stoppages" in boxing. Always better to stop a fight too early than to stop it too late.
Just prior to that Hart had put a guy named Ralph Racine into a coma. He survived but suffered some damage.....