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Boxer Hospitalized After Kan. Match

February 23, 1998

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A Wichita man who sustained head injuries during a Tough Man Contest boxing match collapsed after the match and was hospitalized.

Greg Lamb, 24, was in critical condition Monday at a Wichita’s Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Francis Campus.

Contestants in the amateur boxing match are matched by weight and wear headgear and gloves. They fight three, one-minute rounds. Greg Gorrell, the local coordinator, said Sunday night he had thought the oversized gloves and headgear boxers wore would have prevented injuries like Lamb’s.

``I guess I thought everybody was as invincible as I was,″ said Gorrell, a former professional boxer and kickboxer.

Gorrell said fighters underwent prefight physicals and signed release forms.

After finishing the fight Saturday night, Lamb walked around before collapsing, said Jim Hess, manager of Century II, where the match was held. He was then taken to a hospital.

The Kansas City, Kan., athletic commission banned the Tough Man contests or similar events a few months after the death of 23-year-old Eric Crow. Crow, who had never boxed before, won his first match Dec. 8, 1995, and was cleared by a chiropractor to fight the next day. He lost that bout to a man who had fought in several previous Tough Man contests.

Crow became incoherent on the way home, and his wife took him to a hospital. Surgeons removed a blood clot from his brain and tried to drain blood that was building up. He slipped into a coma and never recovered.

Crow died Dec. 13 at Bethany Medical Center, where he had been kept alive on a respirator.

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