The fight game proved once again how dangerous the sport can be. Saturday November 2, 2012 Rising star Gennady Golovkin provided crafty and power punching Curtis Stevens a beat down forcing his corner to stop the fight. In the undercard of that HBO televised bout a fight that should have been stopped, was not and as a result heavyweight prospect Magomed Abdusalamov was beat down by slick boxer Mike Perez.
Abdusalamov did not have the courtesy of a merciful corner that Stevens had in his fight and as a result Abdusalamov was placed in an induced coma. Abdusalamov sustained serious damage throughout the course of the fight. In the early rounds it was reported that Abdusalamov suffered a broken nose and hand. He also had a bad cut over his left eye, swelling over his right eye and a swollen cheek from a possible broken jaw.
Fighters today are more athletic, talented and stronger then fighters of the previous generation. That is just the natural progression of sports. Today, it also seems that more fans both hardcore and casual alike have an appreciation for the heart and desire these fighters display win or lose prior to even entering in the MMA cage or Boxing ring because history has provided tragic results.
So why do cornermen and referees allow fighters to absorb punishment? A few weeks ago Junior Dos Santos was brutally beat down by UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez. Dos Santos was never in the fight, his face was proof. Yet his corner allowed him to continue and the assault by Velasquez progressed. It appears that Dos Santos will recover. However long term damage remains unclear.
The fight game is a dangerous sport and only a few have the courage to fight for a living. No fighter deserves punishment that will prevent them from fighting or living a healthy life.
Saturday night Magomed Abdusalamov displayed the courage and heart of a warrior. Now he needs the assistance of medical staff along with thoughts and prayers from fans to recover fully.