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Anthony Joshua’s doctor wants the heavyweight to use a revolutionary new mouthgard that could help boxing’s fight against fatal head injuries.
American Patrick Day passed away last week after suffering a brain injury, and Russian Maxim Dadashev, Argentina’s Hugo Santillan and Bulgaria’s Boris Stanchov have also all died since July from injuries sustained in the ring.
Professor Mike Loosemore is spearheading development of the technology.
“From a personal point of view, I’d like to get Anthony involved in using this,” Loosemore said of the technology developed by Swansea-based company Sports & Wellbeing Analytics.
“The product is what we’ve been looking for, really. We’ve been looking for something where we can measure the real impact on the head. I could see it being used in boxers’ sparring. If they take some heavy shots, you could call the sparring off for the day or you could rest them up for a couple of days or a week, or until they’ve made a recovery. It would give us a better idea of the concussive blows the boxer was taking during sparring because at the moment we have really no idea. We haven’t had those discussions with Anthony yet so I can’t say whether he’d be interested or not but I’d like to get him involved.”