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Boxer's death prompts call for age rule

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/09/2016

The death of a boxer during a Hamilton charity bout has prompted a call for tighter rules at similar events.

Neville Knight, 49, died after collapsing during a corporate fundraiser hosted by Nabby's Boxing Gym at Te Rapa Racecourse on Saturday.

Amateur International Boxing Association supervisor Keith Walker told Newstalk ZB that AIBA rules specifically prohibited anyone over the age of 40 from fighting, but that Boxing New Zealand didn't enforce the limit for charity bouts.

"They are affiliated to the world body, which is IABA, and they should be governing boxing under those rules," he said.

"For the safety of the sport there needs to be a tightening up of regulations."

He also said while medical histories of fighters were currently checked, the experience and skills weren't.

"You cannot learn the skills of boxing in two months."

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