VIDEO | Should the ref have stopped the fight? Is boxing just too brutal?
Metro.co.uk | Italian boxer Christian Daghio has died after he was knocked unconscious during a boxing match in Thailand.
The 49-year-old, who had won seven world titles, was knocked to the canvas twice in the final round of his WBC Asia title fight on October 26.
Daghio was immediately treated by medical staff. He was subsequently taken to hospital where he spent two days in a coma before passing away.
Should the ref have stopped the fight after the first knock-down? VIDEO.
This story has been updated to reflect that Mr. Daghio, who practiced both Muay Thai boxing and traditional boxing over a nearly 30-year career, was engaged in a traditional boxing match at the time of his death. Muay Thai boxers fight barefoot; in traditional boxing, fighters wear shoes.
(This content has been translated from the Italian original)
Christian Daghio (born in Carpi, Italy, 4 April 1969; died in Bangkok, Thailand, 2 November 2018 )
Daghio won 7 world titles in Muay Thai boxing. In his career, he fought 186 matches, winning 142.
He won the final ten fights of his career prior to his final match.
Daghio was the first Italian athlete to fight in Thailand, where he moved permanently in 1996.
With the Italian national team, he won three bronze medals, two at the European championships (in Pafos and Moscow) and one at the world championship (in Caorle).
In 2006 he opened a martial arts school in Thailand, where he taught and practiced. The following year, he became national champion, while in 2010 and 2011 he won world title matches.
His last world championship victory was in 2016.
In June 2017, after a year in retirement, he returned to the ring.
On October 26, 2018, after a meeting in Bangkok for a title match, he entered a coma immediately following a knock-out.
He died a week later, on 2 November, after hospitalization. The news of his death spread by the World Fight News site on Facebook the following morning. He was married and had a young daughter.
kombatgroup.com – Christian has had over 200 fights and trains at the camp every day.
For him, boxing is not just a sport and the gym IS not JUST a business. This is his passion and way of life.
CHRISTIAN’S FIGHT RECORD:
- 2017 Muay Thai World Champion WKL – title defense
- 2017 WBF International Boxing Champion
- 2016 Muay Thai World Champion WKL
- 2015 ABF Boxing Champion – super middleweight
- 2015 Asia Boxing Champion WBA PABA – light heavyweight
- 2014 Muay Thai Champion at the Windy Stadium
- 2012 Muay Thai World Champion, WMF PRO
- 2012 Muay Thai World Champion, WTKA
- 2011 Muay Thai World Champion, WMF
- 2010 Muay Thai World Champion, WMA
- 2010 Debut fight in Western Boxing
- 2010 Muay Thai Boxing Champion at the Fairtex Stadium in Pattaya, Thailand
- [many more]
- 1993 Professional debut
CHRISTIAN HAS WON THE FOLLOWING WITH THE ITALIAN NATIONAL TEAM:
- Bronze Medal at the World Championship in Caorle, Italy
- Bronze Medal at the European Championship in Pafos, Cyprus
- Bronze Medal at the European Championship in Mosca, Russia
FIGHTS IN NUMBERS:
- Muay Thai: 189 fights (145 won)
- MMA: 5 fights (3 won)
- Professional Western Boxing: 31 fights (31 won – 27 k.o.)
- Currently professional boxer in the Thai circuits
Negative Effects of Boxing
Livestrong – Boxing is one of the best ways to get into shape. It combines an exciting and fast-paced cardio workout with explosive upper and lower body power.
When you learn how to box you’re also learning self-defense techniques that you can take into the real world. There are so many positive reasons to try boxing, with only one major downside: the head injuries that come along with competition.
Head Injuries in Boxing
Boxing is a sport filled with blows to the head. That’s why it has been a testing ground for scientists interested in studying head injuries. Many discoveries about head injuries have come from the world of boxing, and many of them are grim.
Professional vs. Amateur Boxers
The initial estimate was that about half of all professional fighters had brain injuries in 1928. Either the sport has gotten more violent or it’s easier to detect these injuries, because a 2012 report in PloS One revealed that over 80 percent of Olympic boxers had signs and symptoms of brain injury.
Professional boxers are much more at risk than their amateur counterparts. In professional boxing, athletes wear no protective head gear, fight significantly more rounds and experience harder hits. In a professional match, the goal is to knock you out, not score points.
However, amateur boxers still show some evidence of CTE, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, according to a 2007 study in the British Medical Journal, although it’s not nearly as severe or common as in professional boxing.
Head injuries happen when a boxer gets hit in the head. Your brain sits in a pool of protective fluid inside your skull, but doesn’t actually touch any of your skull bones.
When a boxer gets hit in the head the brain smacks against the hard skull, causing bruising and damage. If the hit is severe enough it can cause the person to go unconscious for a brief period of time. This is a concussion, or as it’s more popularly known in boxing, a knockout.
Only some concussions actually make you go unconscious. Even if they are less severe and the fighter keeps boxing through the head injury, the brain is still getting hurt. These injuries don’t totally heal, either.
They keep getting worse and the brain deteriorates over time. This is known as CTE. As a boxer with CTE ages, their brain will decline much faster than someone who didn’t have many head injuries.
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
The first signs of CTE are an inability to pay attention, easily losing concentration, trouble remembering things, confusion, dizziness, and headaches. As it gets worse the boxer’s judgment starts to get worse; he starts to behave erratically, and can even develop early symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Read more.