Welcome back to The Fight City podcast. As usual, Alden Chodash is at the controls, with site founder and editor Michael Carbert in the co-pilot seat. This week the topics that need to be discussed are obvious: the memorable heavyweight clash between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, and the tragic consequences of the Gvozdyk vs Stevenson light heavyweight fight. While Wilder vs Fury brought to the fore so much of the drama and excitement that makes boxing a sport unlike any other, the fact that Adonis Stevenson is now in hospital in a medically-induced coma highlights the very real dangers inherent in professional prizefighting. Serious brain injuries and even death are always a possibility in boxing and Gvozdyk vs Stevenson, while being a hard-fought battle with noble performances from both pugilists, brings this truth to mainstream attention in a manner unseen in many years. Check it out:
‘“We are there for the ex-boxer who is in trouble, who needs help. Whether its rent, food, medicine, whatever that person needs to get back on their feet, we are there for them. Just recently, we heard back from someone we helped a while back when he lost his job. We supported him through the hard times and now he’s doing okay and last week he called me and I was so happy to hear from him. I asked him how he was doing and he said, ‘Matt, I’m good. Everything’s going okay. Now, what is your mailing address? I want to send you a check.’ I was like, ‘What are you talking about? Forget it!’ And he said, ‘No, Matt, I want to pay Ring 10 back so then you can help another ex-fighter.’ You have no idea how that made me feel.”
‘But for every inspiring anecdote, there’s more than one tale of a hurting ex-warrior in desperate need.
‘“I’m in contact with fighters from all over the country and it just rips my heart out. Just the other week I was talking to someone on the phone and I couldn’t understand anything he was saying. It was enough to make you weep. I said, ‘Look, you’re gonna have to email me or something because I can’t understand you.’ That guy’s all alone and he needs help and if we’re not there for him, who is?”’ From “Legends In The Bronx”