Boxing has a long tradition of being associated with having an evil image. Best-selling author Thomas Hauser, who has written about boxing for a decade, wrote a book entitled A Beautiful Sickness: Reflections on the Sweet Science.
Some studies report that 15 to 40 percent of ex-boxers showed symptoms related to chronic brain injury. The report claimed most boxers (even without brain injury symptoms) had a slight degree of brain damage. Sadly, former contender Prichard Colón has been the unlucky fighter who became one of the statistics.
At one time, Colon, 28, was a rising star whose record was 16-0 (13 Kos) when he took on Terrel Williams 18-1 (13 Kos) at the EagleBank Arena, in Fairfax, Virginia in October 2015.
The fight was grueling; both men absorbed a great deal of punishment. Referee Joseph Cooper deducted two points from Colon for low blows. In contrast, Williams was deducted a point for rabbit punching–hitting Colon behind the head.
In round nine, Williams knocked Colon down twice, but the battered fighter survived the round. However, before the start of round ten, Colon’s trainer mistakenly thought the fight was over and removed Colon’s gloves, which forced the referee to disqualify the fighter. It was alleged that Colon told the ringside doctor that he felt dizzy and had pain in the back of his head during the fight.
After the bout, Colon returned to his dressing room when he began vomiting and then collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital where he underwent emergency brain surgery to evacuate a subdural hematoma to relieve his brain’s pressure. For two and a half years, the fighter has been bedridden and unresponsive.
However, according to his mother Nieves, she told a news reporter at ESPN that the former boxer is making positive improvements at a Rehabilitation Center in Florida. According to his mother, it appears with the help of human technological assistance, Colon can communicate, stand, and walk.
Assistive technology often promotes improved independence for people who are disabled. It allows them to perform daily life skills that they were once able to do before their serious injury.
As shown in the picture for this story, Colon is a real fighter, and I am pulling him.