Senators John McCain and Harry Reid have announced their support for a study into brain trauma research in boxing and mixed martial arts.
The senators, both former boxers, have joined forces to commt $600,000 to the Cleveland Clinic’s Lou Ruvo Centre for Brain Heath in Las Vegas, according to the BBC. The Centre’s study is focused on increasing the level of understanding of the effects repeated blows to the head have on the brain.
Among the nearly 400 fighters, both active and retired, to have enrolled in the study is former middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins.
“You want to know the risks. God forbid if I was diagnosed with something 10-15 years ago, then I got a choice to make. Do I want to enjoy the rest of my life with my kids or do I want to continue to fight for myself and to walk around the rest of my life as a vegetable?”