Prizefighting: The Aftermath

Davey Moore was dead, and a Los Angeles autopsy surgeon said that it was a "one-in-a-million accident—something that could happen on your front porch if you fell down." Cuba's Sugar Ramos had not punched the featherweight champion to death. The fatal blow was a whiplash injury that occurred in the tenth round, when Moore fell backward and hit the base of his skull on a rubber-covered steel ring rope. The collision caused brain contusions, or bruises, and the resultant swelling brought death.

One in a million or not, it was the third major ring tragedy in a year*—and boxing's foes...

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