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04/02/04

Boxer Calls It Quits After Opponent Dies

Ladson (plain trunks) and Rickman (striped trunks) Saturday night. Ladson (plain trunks) and Rickman (striped trunks) Saturday night.

Professional boxer Earl Ladson of North Carolina announced that he's quitting boxing. Ladson's last opponent, David Rickman died after Ladson knocked him out Saturday night. Rickman never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead Monday morning.

Ladson says the memory of that fight will affect his ability to defend himself in the ring. "As of right now, if I was to put on the gloves and go in the ring, I'll pull back and go in the ring, therefore I'll be in danger because I'll get hit, I'll be in jeopardy, therefore I won't fight because the ring is not a play toy," he said.

Rickman was the first boxer to die from boxing injuries in Georgia in more than 100 years.

Reported by: Katie Pike, kpike@wtoc.com

 

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