Thursday, April 30, 2009

Another Happy Boxing Story.

Greg Page, who once had all the talent in the world but never had the heart nor desire to achieve the career he should have had has passed away. Page, whose career never achieved what most experts thought it would, fell victim to the usual pit falls boxers fall victim to. Substances, shady promoters, etc. He should have been out of the game by the 90's he continued to fight out of necessity until 2001. His last fight was against Dale Crow in the lightly commissioned state of Kentucky. Page was knocked out in the 10th round and went into a comma he died today 8 years later of injuries from the fight at the ripe old age of 50. Even those of us who are fans of this sport are often ashamed by it. To be sure Page is very much a villain in this story but that doesn't make it any less tragic.

From ESPN:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Greg Page, a former heavyweight boxing champion who suffered a severe brain injury in a 2001 fight, has died at his Louisville home. He was 50.

His wife, Patricia Page, said she found the one-time World Boxing Association champion in his bed Monday morning. Patricia Page said he died of complications related to injuries he suffered in the fight.

Page told The Associated Press her husband "is in a better place now."

Greg Page

she found her husband, Greg Page, the one-time WBA champion in 1984, in his bed Monday morning.
The March 9, 2001, fight left Page in a coma for nearly a week. He then had a stroke during post-fight surgery. He was paralyzed on his left side and received intensive physical therapy

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