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February 1963

Closure of Boxing Lacerations Between Rounds

Author Affiliations

Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Miami School of Medicine.

Arch Surg. 1963;86(2):295-298. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1963.01310080119027

Over the ages the manly art of self-defense has been tempered and the chances of injury to contestants reduced not only by the change from metal spikes to bare knuckles and finally padded gloves, but by the Queensbury and World Boxing Association rules. Further measures are in order. Far greater care must be used to eliminate unfit fighters from the ring. This should not be left to the judgment of the manager. Often a boxer is suffering from the effects of the previous fight or the subtle summation of blows during many fights. It is always better that he be forced to hang up his gloves before it is too late. A fighter known to take punishment like a Paret must be under closer scrutiny than a Willie the Wisp who seldom absorbs a direct blow. The greatest danger is during the contest when a boxer temporarily "out on his