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Old 06-18-2012, 12:37 AM   #46
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Has anyone mentioned Jerry Quarry? Pugilistic dementia to the point that he couldn't tie his own shoes in his later days. Mike Quarry, same thing.

I believe Bobby Chacon also has had mental troubles. At one point he went missing for a week or more and turned up in Arizona with no memory of how he got there, IIRC.
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:42 AM   #47
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I met Chuvalo when I was 12 but I didn't really understand what he had gone through. I'll dig up the polaroid.

Mickey Walker was picked up on the streets and the cops thought he was just some drunk dude but really he was suffering from effects in the boxing ring, mainly dementia.
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Old 06-18-2012, 02:34 AM   #48
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If Graziano claimed to have ever beaten up LaMotta then he was crazier than anyone you can name.
He claimed he did it numerous times.

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Old 06-18-2012, 06:00 AM   #49
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Herol Graham and Nigel Benn both attemted suicide after their careers ended. Benn then carried on the puzzling behaviour by becoming a preacher
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We often focus on the physical wounds that boxers suffer during their careers and after retirement. But the sport clearly takes a major phsychological toll, not just getting punched, but also the money woes, the pressures of fame, fear of losing, being abandoned by fans, and lust for long gone glory. Who were some fighters who lost their mental health to boxing?

I recall reading that Ad Wolgast spent the last decade of his life thinking he was training for a bout with Joe Gans, something like twenty years after Gans had passed away.

Terry McGovern suffered about a dozen differant nervous breakdowns, including several violent episodes directed at his family.

I met Gerry Cooney at the IBHOF. I'm glad the guy has his money still becausse talking with him it was clear that the guy has some kind of awful inferiority complex/self esteem issues probably from a combination of his abusive father, the Holmes loss, and the unwanted pressure of being a 'white hope'.

Any others?
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We often focus on the physical wounds that boxers suffer during their careers and after retirement. But the sport clearly takes a major phsychological toll, not just getting punched, but also the money woes, the pressures of fame, fear of losing, being abandoned by fans, and lust for long gone glory. Who were some fighters who lost their mental health to boxing?

I recall reading that Ad Wolgast spent the last decade of his life thinking he was training for a bout with Joe Gans, something like twenty years after Gans had passed away.

Terry McGovern suffered about a dozen differant nervous breakdowns, including several violent episodes directed at his family.

I met Gerry Cooney at the IBHOF. I'm glad the guy has his money still becausse talking with him it was clear that the guy has some kind of awful inferiority complex/self esteem issues probably from a combination of his abusive father, the Holmes loss, and the unwanted pressure of being a 'white hope'.

Any others?
a fantasy fight poster should be made for Wolgast vs Gans
be like a tribute
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