“I did tell Andre I was going to beat him down, so I had to be a man of my word,” Guerrero said afterward, and that photo above is evidence of that. “But he did defend himself like a true champ.”
Definitely, Guerrero does have a lot to be thankful for, other than the bragging rights and welterweight title, His wife, Casey is finally healthy after a long, frightening battle with leukemia before a bone marrow transplant last year saved her life.
“Boxing’s a very dangerous sport,” he says. “Every time you get in the ring you put your life on the line. And for somebody to enhance themselves, make themselves stronger, faster and better, you’re playing with somebody’s life.” Luckily (with no after effects) that swelling will go down soon enough, which is good because you probably don’t want to go through life looking like smuggle.
Dangers of Boxing:
Cuts and bruises are the most common boxing injuries, and many boxers leave the ring needing stitches to the face and dental work. Body blows can lead to broken ribs and internal bleeding. Potentially blinding eye injuries can occur but may be difficult to detect except by specialist examination. Although many injuries occur, boxing accounts for fewer deaths than many other sports, but the British Medical Association(BMA) says this is insignificant compared to the effects of brain damage that may go unrecorded in many boxers. Because boxing usually involves, powerful people hitting each other continously mostly to the head, there is a high risk of head injury and possible/permanent brain damage
Brain damage occurs in one of two ways:
- Catastrophically, meaning it follows an injury sustained in a single bout. This was the case in boxer Michael Watson’s injury, when a blood vessel in the skull burst and a clot put pressure on the brain tissue. There is little doubt in these cases that the damage is a result of fighting. The injury may be rapidly fatal or cause long term disability.
- Gradually, meaning the brain damage builds up slowly as a result of repeated blows to the head. It can be less clear in this instance exactly how much brain damage is a result of boxing or due to other concurrent disease processes. For example, many people assume that the symptoms suffered by the world’s most famous fighter, Muhammad Ali, were brought about by his numerous fights in the ring. But he is suffering from Parkinson’s disease and there is only circumstantial evidence to suggest it was brought on by his boxing career, although the condition is more common in ex-fighters than the general public.