Braydon Smith - Boxing. Photo Dave Noonan / The Chronicle
Braydon Smith - Boxing. Photo Dave Noonan / The Chronicle Dave Noonan

AMA calls for boxing ban after fighter dies

THE Australian Medical Association of Queensland has called for the sport of boxing to be banned, following the death of Braydon Smith.   

The 23-year-old Toowoomba boxer and law student was surrounded by family and friends when he died in hospital yesterday afternoon.   

He had collapsed a few hours after being beaten in a 10-round bout against Filipino John Moralde at Rumours International on Saturday night.  

AMA Queensland president Shaun Rudd told the ABC this morning that the sport can never be made safe.   

"It's particularly sad when somebody dies playing a so-called sport when the whole idea of the sport is to try and knock the opponent out, or at least try and do enough damage to the head as you possibly can," Dr Rudd said.   

READ MORE: 

Tears flow for boxer Braydon Smith

Braydon Smith: Inspirational warrior taken too soon

Hang your gloves out for Braydon

Close family friend James O'Shea  said Braydon had wanted to change the image of boxing.  

"Braydon Smith didn't need boxing, but he loved boxing, he loved the sport," Mr O'Shea said.

"He spoke about there being a perception about boxing and that it sometimes got a bad rap in Australia and he wanted to change that.



Deputy PM updates us on Rocky's beef road upgrade

premium_icon Deputy PM updates us on Rocky's beef road upgrade

The upgrade will speed up transport from Gracemere to the abattoirs

NBN roll-out going well: Landry

premium_icon NBN roll-out going well: Landry

After copping ALP criticism, Michelle Landry talks up NBN roll out.

Wanderers win three of six Dunlop Trophy finals

premium_icon Wanderers win three of six Dunlop Trophy finals

A-grade men slot seven goals in victory over Souths

Local Partners