SHOCKER: ESPN REPORTS “MAGO” WILL NOT FIGHT AGAIN!
Las Vegas, NV- Earlier in the week ESPN.com writer Michael Woods penned a story with the headline “Magomed’s Career Over.” To refresh the memory of those in the dark of this boxing tragedy, Magomed Abdusolamov (18-1, 18 KOs) suffered obvious career and life threatening injuries in a 10 round decision loss to fellow heavyweight prospect Mike Perez (20-0, 12 KOs) of Cuba on November 2nd of this year.
In the story, quotes appeared from Neurosurgeon Dr. Rupendra Swarup stated that, “He’s going to get better, I’m confident, but he will not be the same. He is going to have neurological deficits.” The story in my mind is really a non-story! “Mago” as we will refer to him here, was placed in medically induced comas several weeks ago as a result of the fight, had part of his skull removed to relieve swelling of his brain, and while in the coma also wound up reportedly suffering two strokes. Anyone who knows anything about the history of this sport knows that several other fighters have suffered similar types of injuries and those that survived have yet to come anywhere near living a normal life afterward.
GERALD MC CLELLAN STILL NEEDING 24 HOUR CARE
Much like Gerald Mc Clellan, a former super middleweight (168 lbs.) champion in the 90’s who suffered a career ending injury in a brutal fight with British star and WBC super-middleweight champion at the time Nigel Benn, Mago will most require 24 hour care for life! While it is nice to know that Mago’s condition is improving (he has been removed from the coma and reportedly is breathing on his own), the fact is that the story’s headline (which normally is the focus of the story) lacks from a journalistic point of view. Stating the obvious in my view shows a weakness in guys like Woods who pens articles for what is perceived as the leader in sports journalism, ESPN.com. As per the usual, there is very little investigative journalism that goes on there, and for the salaries that writers receive ( I am not claiming I know how much they get paid) I at least expect something of a higher quality. While I understand that most writers do not actually write their own headlines, this is just one case. The quality of boxing journalism from the worlds sports media giant is lacking.
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