British Boxing Board Says Tests Did Not Warn Of Problems Before Boxer's Death
The British Boxing Board of Control said that "the death of Michael Norgrove was the result of boxing’s inherent danger rather than any procedural failings on the part of the sport itself," according to Mark Cue of the LONDON TIMES. BBBC General Secretary Robert Smith "defended the stringency of the BBBC’s medical tests after Norgrove became the first boxer to die after a bout in a British ring in 18 years." The light-middleweight died in a hospital Saturday, "nine days after developing a blood clot on his brain during his sixth professional fight against Tom Bowen at The Ring in Blackfriars, London." Smith said, "We are one of the strictest authorities in the world. This is an acute injury that can happen any time. He had his medicals done and had his brain scans done" (LONDON TIMES, 4/7).