Buddy McGirt’s Wise Decision: Seeing The Light in The Dark Side
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
With one round left, former world champion and championship trainer Buddy McGirt, made the decision in the corner of 13-0 rising unbeaten Russian prospect Maxim Dadashev, fighting an International Boxing Federation eliminator bout, to stop the bout before the start of the twelfth and final round against another unbeaten prospect, 14-0 Subriel Matias of Farardo, Puerto Rico.
McGirt made the correct call, when referee Kenny Chevalier did not. Dadashev was getting hit too much, and McGirt’s gut instincts told him to stop the bout immediately. Is there ever any moment too soon or too late to stop a bout when a trainer in the corner feels the continuance of the bout is senseless? Former world light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson went through a similar situation after his last bout, a knockout loss, and recovered after months of rehabilitation. Stevenson was lucky. Others, like former world middleweight champion Gerald McClellan, now blind and 80% deaf, did not fully recover.
There will always being a dark side to boxing which fight fans and promoters will always choose to overlook, ignore, and try to pretend does not exist. That dark side exists in all amateur and professional contact sports. Fortunately, Buddy McGirt was experienced and wise enough to see the light. Often, the light is blind to the extent a pro bout goes on too long, as with fatalities such as Benny ‘Kid’ Paret, Willie Classen, Sam Baroudi, and more recent bouts with Christian Daghio, Daniel Franco, and Pritchard Colon, and if the light is not seen a bout continues until it is too late.