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French boxer Anthony Durand Quits Muay Thai after His Thai Opponent Died

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BANGKOK, July 26 (TNA) – French boxer Anthony Durand announced he quit Muay Thai boxing after his last opponent, Thai boxer Panphet Phadungchai, died on July 23.


The bout, a part of the Fighter X Show, happened at the Thupatemi Air Force boxing stadium on July 15. Panphet was knocked out and his head hit the canvas so hard that he suffered intracerebral hemorrhage. 


He underwent brain surgery, depended on a respiratory and was in a coma for nine days before his death on Saturday night.


Full story: https://tna.mcot.net/english-news-985860


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4 hours ago, Chris747 said:

RIP Panphet Phadungchai.


It's a fact that the majority of fatalities in street fights happen because of uncontrolled falling and hitting the back of the head on the pavement.


The spinning elbow from the french fighter was vicious and knocked Panphet out immediately. I wonder if the mats inside the ring are not made to prevent such head traumas?

While the ring floor dampens impacts a bit, it does not prevent your brain from crashing into the walls of your skull. 


I'm also pretty sure that all professional fighters have CTE which accumulates over time and eventually a blow normally not enough to do that kind of damage will be enough. The elbow blow itself didn't seem to have been that bad, considering that it happened in the last round when fighters have spent most of their strength and speed, but the impact on the ground didn't look good.

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