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Death in the ring has long been a part of boxing

Death in the ring, though uncommon, has long been a part of boxing.

Originally Published: November 13, 2007
By Graham Houston | Special to ESPN.com

Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini's tragic fight with Duk Koo Kim has a particular relevance because it was on national "free" television -- the CBS network -- and was thus seen by a lot of people.

Twenty-five years on, and despite increased safety measures, ring fatalities still occur. Consequently critics find it hard to believe the claim that as contact sports go, boxing is safer than most.

Looking back at the Mancini-Kim fight and going back still further, one thing has struck me. Ring ...

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