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article imageBoxing and Parkinson's Don't Match

By Leo Reyes     Dec 6, 2009 in Sports
As promoter Bob Arum discovered a good match between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, a new and expanded medical facility in Phoenix Arizona seems to show that boxing and Parkinson's disease don't match.
World's greatest heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali was guest at the opening of new facilities of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson's Center, a medical facility located in Arizona and named in honor of the former heavyweight boxing champion.
The legendary heavyweight boxer was with wife Lonnie during the opening ceremonies where she assisted Ali in cutting the ceremonial ribbon. Ali lives with wife Lonnie in the Phoenix suburb of Paradise Valley.
The expanded medical facility is now considered most comprehensive in the nation for the treatment of the brain disorder, which causes tremors, slowed movement, and muffled speech.
Ali, 67, then toured it with Lonnie and his sister-in-law, who held his hands. The three stopped frequently to look at some of the most memorable images of himself in large frames along a hallway, including one of him towering over downed opponent Charles "Sonny" Liston.
The scene at the ceremonies seem to show that Boxing and Parkinson's disease don't match.
Muhammad Ali, during his prime years, was a picture youth, energy and enthusiasm. Unfortunately he contracted Parkinson's disease at a time when he was supposed to enjoy the fruits of his toils
Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson's Syndrome in 1984,a disease for which those subject to severe head trauma, such as boxers, are many times more susceptible.
As a legally sanctioned sports, boxing has been identified as one of the causes of Parkinson's disease. A good number of boxers have died because of severe head injuries and some have contracted Parkinson's disease.
Boxing's latest victim is Z Gorres, a Filipino boxing champion who is currently recuperating in a US hospital after he suffered major brain injury during his fight in Las Vegas.
Until and unless boxing is outlawed, more boxers will be afflicted with Parkinson's disease and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson's Center will be on hand to respond to its mandate.
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