By Terence Dooley
Undefeated prospect Ben Butler has been forced to retire from boxing after the BBBoC withdrew his licence following a brain scan. The check-up revealed that the 26-year-old would be risking his life if he fought again, forcing him to sacrifice his promising career before it has had a chance to really take off.
The Board requires its licensees to undergo stringent medical tests on a regular basis in order to renew their licence, and Brighton-based Butler revealed to Mike Legg of The Argus that his most recent scan raised a red flag. “I am heartbroken but luckily they do these checks and it turns out I have a split down the left side of my brain and what they have described as a tight back box,” he said.
“They say if I sustained a bleed, I would not make it out of the ring. Whereas some people will be rushed to hospital, placed in a coma and the swelling reduced, I would die instantly. Within a couple of minutes I'd would be gone and would not make it out. I am still trying to let the news sink in.”
The news leaves him stalled at 7-0 with no KOs — his last fight was a win over Christian Hoskin Gomez on points in March — and it was his second run at the sport after taking a sabbatical between 2015 and 2017 to care for his mother, Rosie, when she was terminally ill. Her final wish was that he resume his boxing career, but that wish cannot be granted now and the former long-time amateur will seek pastures new.
“If she was here now, she'd be slapping me in the face and telling me to finish,” he revealed. “I had my own personal mission when I came back. That was for my mum and I wanted a title to put on the mantelpiece, but that hasn't happened.
“But my mum would be very proud of me and there are a lot of people who have supported me over the years in boxing that are extremely proud and they have said it is better to have you in this world than not.”
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