Not worth the weight: A fatal flaw in professional boxing

Increasing numbers of boxers are subjecting themselves to massive dehydration to make the required weight for their fights – and some of them, like Patrick Day, are paying the ultimate price in the ring

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer @whytebarry
27th October, 2019
Not worth the weight: A fatal flaw in professional boxing
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - OCTOBER 12: Patrick Day (L) and Charles Conwell exchange punches in the seventh round of their Super-Weltereight bout at Wintrust Arena on October 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Patrick Day died earlier this month, after four days in a coma. He was a professional boxer, a super-welterweight, and had been knocked out by Charles Conwell in their fight in Chicago on October 12.

Day had been visibly struggling through the later rounds, his eyes glassy and dazed, and when Conwell hit him over his ear with a hard right hand, Day dropped his guard and stumbled forward with his arms loose around his waist....

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