Boxing is a dangerous sport. Not only are boxers repeatedly punched in the face, stomach, arms, and various other body parts, they also face punches that can reach over 2,000 pounds of pressure.
From Mike Tyson biting off Evander Holyfield’s ear to Benny Paret going into a coma after 18 punches hit him in succession there is no lack of severe injury and even death in professional boxing.
Here is our list of 11 horrific boxing injuries that left opponents severely injured and even dead.
Mike Tyson Bites Off Evander Holyfield’s Ear
In 1997 one of the most anticipated matches of the last few decades was announced. Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson would battle for the heavyweight title.
After Tyson began to struggle against his well prepared opponent they tried something drastic, biting off part of Holyfield’s ear.
The match which was held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas was called off in the third round.
Mills Lane was summoned over to Holyfield’s corner to inspect the damage and quickly deducted two points from Tyson’s score. Seconds later Tyson tried the same thing again and the match was called.
Tyson was promptly suspended from boxing and his career, already in shatters, was officially ended.
Frankie Campbell – Brain Detached From Skull
Frankie Campbell, real name Francisco Camilli, held a record of 33 wins in 40 fights, 4 loses, 2 draws and 1 no contest. In 1930 Frankie engaged in his last fight. On August 25 he took on the infamous Max Baer.
Campbell knocked down Baer in the 2nd round and that knockdown led Baer to become enraged. In the fifth round Baer hit is fellow boxer so hard that it knocked his brain from his skull.
Max Baer was portrayed as a vicious killer in the popular movie Cinderella Man but he was eventually acquitted of manslaughter charges.
Baer felt so bad about the death that he gave Frankie Campbell’s family all of his earnings from future bouts.
Richard Grant Suffers Broken Jaw After Beating Oppenent
Richard Grant suffered a post-bout broken jaw and knock-out after his opponent James Butler sucker-punched him in November 2001. Grant won the bout by a slim margin and was celebrating when Butler landed a bare fist to his face.
Butler continued to fight despite causing numerous facial injuries including a broken jaw, lacerated tongue, and several stitches.
Butler was arrested after that sucker punch but after serving a bit of time in jail he continued is career with little success.
In October 2004 Butler was arrested for the murder of Sam Kellerman. He used a hammer to kill the brother of HBO Boxing analyst Max Kellerman and then he set him on fire. In 2006 James Butler was sentenced to 29 years in prison.
Benny Paret Sent Into A Coma, Dies 10 Days Later
Benny “Kid” Paret became the first as a Cuban boxer to win the welterweight title in1960. Paret would lose the title seven months later when Emile Griffith knocked him out.
On March 24, 1962 Griffith hit Paret twenty-nine times in a row including eighteen punches in six seconds.
Referee Ruby Goldstein stopped the match and Paret went into a coma.
Critics noted that Paret had been severely punished in his last three fights and probably shouldn’t have been in the ring with Griffith.
The entire fight was routed in controversy after Paret taunted Griffith by calling him Maricón (Spanish slang for “faggot”) during a pre-fight conference. Goldstein also came under scrutiny for not stopping the fight sooner.
You can learn more about the fight and legacy it left behind in the documentary The Emile Griffith Story.
Alfredo Angulo Breaks His Eye
— Jim Alexander (@Jim_Alexander) June 9, 2013
This is a recent fight which means we have HD photos of the gruesome attack.
The match witnessed Erislandy Lara landing a blow to Alfredo Angula which literally broke his eye.
The referee called the match after he suspected that Angula fractured his orbital bone.
The Angulo Vs. Lara match shows just how quickly a boxing bout can turn brutal from a single blow.
Davey Moore was an experienced fighter with an impressive 59-7-1 record and 30 knock outs.
Despite his experience his life came to an end during a 1963 bout against “Sugar Ramos.”
The boxer was killed after his neck and brain stem suffered damage. Moore fell to the bottom rope during a knockdown.
The hard hit inspired the Bob Dylan song, “Who Killed Davey Moore?”
In 2002 Hasim Rahman was attempting to make a comeback in a fight against heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield. Sure Evander was getting older and nearing the end of his career but that didn’t stop him from pummeling Rahman.
The boxers comeback was cut short after Evander caused his “head to explode” as one reporter noted.
Rahman survived the disfigurement but talk about taking a beating to the head.
The match between Jess Willard and Jack Dempsey in 1919 can’t be defined by a single injury. That’s because Jess Willard was so badly beaten by Dempsey that the crowd started begging for an end to the match.
Dempsey pummeled Willard through three rounds of hard to watch boxing but Willard refused to throw in the towel.
Eventually Dempsey defeated Willard but the bloody match to this very day is considered one of the most gruesome.
Cheaters never prosper and sometimes they get punched in the face so badly by Manny Pacquiao that they are rushed off to the hpsital.
Before his fight with Manny the disgraced boxer dipped his hand wraps in plaster of Paris to fight against Sugar Shane Mosley. Mosley won that fight and Manny Pacquiao answered with a sever beat down.
While Margarito didn’t suffer from some of the extreme deformities we have reported he was still badly beaten and missed the post-match press conference.
Vitali was taking on Lennox Lewis in 2003 when he suffered a major cut above his left eye. The gash left Klitschko with blood running down his face but amazingly the fight didn’t end.
The boxer would continue to dominate Lennox Lewis for round after round, only to lose by referee decision in the 7th round.
Doctors through the cut was bad enough to end the match but fans were extremely angered by the decision.
Klitschko was leading on all judges cards at the time of the decision.
To this very day Vitali Klitschko has maintained the reputation as one of heavyweight boxings toughest competitors of all-time.
Billy Collins engaged in a 1983 bout with Luis Resto and that fight left him handicapped for life. Resto stepped into the ring knowing that his trainer, Panama Lewis, removed padding from his gloves to make his punches more damaging.
That act of cheating cost Collins his vision in both eyes.
While the video shown above does not showcase the full extent of Collins’ injuries it does show the beating he took at the cheating hands of Luis Resto.
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