The Association of Boxing Commissions released a statement following the death of martial artist Justin Thornton.
On Tuesday, ABC’s medical committee released a statement to MMA Junkie, who tolerated what he sees as common misconduct culturally rooted in the burgeoning sport of unarmed boxing. Some perceived issues include the age and demographic skills of fighters commonly involved in American unarmed events, as well as the booking of fighters returning from long periods of inactivity.
“Therefore, the Association of Boxing Commission medical committee is particularly concerned that athletes participating in BKB are at higher risk of acute and chronic injury due to these and other factors,” the statement said. .
Thornton, 36, died Monday after being hospitalized. In August at Bare Knuckle FC 20, Thornton was reportedly crippled following his 18-second knockout loss to Dillon Cleckler. As of September 23, he was on a ventilator with tracheostomy and intravenous infusion. In a statement Tuesday, Cleckler said Thornton died of pneumonia.
In July, the CBA formed a committee to review hand-to-hand boxing and provide suggestions for unified rules and other aspects of the sport as it develops in the United States.
“Worryingly, and despite our recommendations, some jurisdictions regulating these events still do not follow the minimum medical guidelines set out by the Association of Boxing and Combat Sports Commissions (ABC) and the Association of Ring Doctors (ARP ) ”, The press release reads. “Of more concern is the fact that many commissions still do not require any imaging studies (CT or MRI) in a sport where individuals are at risk for acute and chronic head trauma.”
Despite its best efforts, the ABC only serves as a governing body for unarmed boxing, ABC President Mike Mazzulli told MMA Junkie on Tuesday. He expressed disappointment at the reluctance of promoters and regulators to exercise caution when licensing fighters and clashes – a sentiment he openly shared with MMA Junkie and others in the past.
“Every state and tribal commission needs to approach security and the process the way they do. The ABC’s aren’t here to tell you how to do it, ”Mazzulli said. “We’re here to help you do it, but (this situation has been) really disappointing. … These guys are recycling those MMA fighters who shouldn’t be fighting anymore. They won’t pass the tests to be an MMA fighter so they go to boxing with their bare hands. … This is a great example of what is wrong with unarmed boxing and what they do to these fighters. That bothers me. We are talking about the safety of the fighters and protecting the fighter at all costs. … It must stop.
Following Thornton’s death, the CBA reiterated its position and recommended “improved screening of those considering participating in such events,” which includes additional medical tests not currently required.
“In view of the limited data regarding the medical risks of (unarmed boxing), the CBA medical committee implores commissions considering allowing these events to proceed with caution,” the statement said. “In addition, we encourage jurisdictions that still fail to meet these minimum medical recommendations and guidelines to immediately update and revise their requirements to include a CT scan, MRI and / or neurological clearance performed by a certified neurologist prior to proceeding. allow a fighter to compete. “
You can read the full CBA statement here.