Did MMA pro have fighting chance in disputed bout?

The inquest into the death of João Carvalho, following his fight at the National Boxing Stadium in Dublin in April 2016, revealed how safety warnings were ignored

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
11th February, 2018
Joao Carvalho during his fatal fight with Charlie Ward on April 9, 2016 Picture: Dave Fogarty

He walked into the cage fit and healthy. He left it bruised and bloody, but he was walking, talking and conscious. Two days after his fight at the National Boxing Stadium in Dublin on April 9, 2016, João Carvalho, a Portuguese father of two, was pronounced dead.

At the inquest into his death last Thursday, state pathologist Marie Cassidy said the cause of death was acute subdural haemorrhage due to blunt force trauma to the...

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