A tough call in a split second
There has always been questions about when a fight should be stopped. Was it to early or too late? Sometimes fighters take too much punishment in hopes of landing that one big punch.
This past weekend we saw Dillian Whyte score a savage KO over a hopeless Lucas Browne, a situation that probably could have been avoided if either the referee or his corner had stopped the fight instead of letting Browne continue to absorb punishment.
This is something we have seen all too often in the sport of boxing as it always brings about different opinions and insight. Too many times a fighter is in a situation such as Browne was this past weekend to where they’re hoping for one lucky shot. However, there are times where a fighter literally stands no chance of victory.
We all understand that as fighters these guys want to go out on their shield. No fighter wants to have the tag of quitting attached to them which is why you have the referee, ringside doctor and corner personal to save a fighter from themselves. Which brings us to the question when should a fight be stopped? It’s simply a very difficult situation and is sometimes a tough call.
There are too many factors that play apart in making this decision in real time. It’s a decision that is literally made in a split second. With all the emotion that this topic invokes, there simply is no definitive answer to this question. It’s basically a judgement call made by an individual in an instant. However, that individual or a collection of these individuals should always keep in mind that boxing is a savage sport, as is often quoted, This is the HURT business.
By: Garrisson “Bo” Bland