The Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) is concerned that some regulators are inadequately protecting fighters following the death of Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) fighter Justin Thornton.
Thornton, 36, died on Monday October 4 after being hospitalized following a crippling knockout loss to Dillon Cleckler at BKFC 20 on August 20. Thornton was put on a ventilator on September 23 and eventually died of pneumonia.
“Unarmed boxing (BKB) has grown in popularity in parts of the United States. Since 2018, the first studies of BKB injuries have suggested a higher rate of fractures and minor lacerations of the hand, but less severe concussions, ”the committee wrote in a statement to addicted to mma Tuesday. “Nonetheless, the athletes who compete in this sport are generally older (over 35), have fought in various other mixed martial arts disciplines and tend to be nearing the end of their careers. Many of these competitors were affiliated with other MMA organizations and were subsequently released by these promotional companies due to many factors including (but not limited to) loss of skills, consequential losses or injuries. Finally, many of these fighters did not fight for long periods. Therefore, the Association of Boxing Commission medical committee is particularly concerned that athletes participating in BKB are at increased risk of acute and chronic injuries due to these and other factors.
“Disturbingly, and despite our recommendations, some jurisdictions regulating these events still do not follow the minimum medical guidelines set out by the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports (ABC) and the Association of Ringside Physicians (ARP). More concerning is the fact that many commissions still do not require any imaging studies (CT Scan or MRI) in a sport where individuals are at risk for acute and chronic head trauma.
The CBA Medical Committee recommends that commissions be cautious when authorizing unarmed boxing.
“In view of the limited data regarding the medical risks of BKB, the ABC 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. erase a fighter. to compete.
“With the tragic news regarding Justin Thornton’s death and the limited medical data regarding short- and long-term injuries at BKB, the ABC Medical Committee recommends improved screening of people considering participating in such events. During the ABC 2021 conference, a committee was formed to review and make suggestions on safety rules for unarmed boxing. “
A GoFundMe page was set up to help raise money for Thornton’s expenses accumulated by his family.
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