An expert look at the cases of Maxim Dadashev and Hugo Santillan, and recommendations for coaches, cornermen, officials, and fighters.

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Clockwise from top left: Trainer Buddy McGirt tries to convince fighter Maxim Dadashev to let him stop the fight; Hugo Santillan is unable to stand erect when the decision is called; Santillan collapses in his corner; a human brain that has experienced contusions, bleeding, and swelling, as is often the cause of boxing deaths.

When Maxim Dadashev, 28, staggers into his corner at the end of the 11th round of his IBF junior welterweight fight against Subriel Matias, his trainer Buddy McGirt begins pleading with him. Desperately trying to make eye contact with his fighter, whose eyes are unfocused and vague, McGirt urges, “I’m gonna stop the fight, OK? I’m gonna stop the fight. Max, I’m gonna stop it. Max.” He keeps saying “Max,” trying to get his fighter’s attention. …

The Godmother of Cleveland Boxing

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Leslie Washington with Floyd Mayweather, Sr. at Next Generation Boxing’s July 13 event, “Next Generation Fight Night.”

Few figures on the Cleveland boxing scene are as beloved as USA Boxing Official and Registration Chair Leslie Washington.

I have been a huge fan of Leslie’s since my own fighting days. She is fair — equally hard on everyone — and take-no-shit, but she’s also a welcome smile and hug at ringside on every fight night. …


Representing the Cleveland, OH fight scene. Check out published author Dr. Atalanta’s other work at .

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