I was very saddened to hear about the recent death of former WBA Heavyweight Champion Greg Page. Now I’m not one of those people that are often saddened to hear about the death of people they don’t know personally, but this – and the death of Anna Nicole Smith – are exceptions.
Greg Page had the potential to be a great fighter, but that isn’t why I’m sad.
Greg Page was only 50 years old, but that isn’t why I’m sad.
Greg Page lived his remaining 8 years with very limited quality of life, again not why I’m sad.
Now I don’t mean to sound cold here, but the reason for my sadness is that his death wasn’t a bigger news item. Don’t get me wrong, my heart goes out to his wife and family, but as a long time boxing fan I’m sad that this wasn’t big news.
In 1982 – just two years before Page would reign as heavyweight champion – when boxing was much more popular - Duk-Koo Kim died following a match against Ray Mancini — and it was major news. Granted, it was a televised fight and Kim died just days after the fight, so I understand the difference, but Kim’s death lead to calls for boxing to be abolished and resulted in the reduction of championship distances from 15 rounds to 12 rounds and other additional safeguards. It was THE NEWS of the day. Read more…