Greg Page vs. Dale Crowe

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Crowe throws a left at Page
The end of the fight

2001-03-09 : Dale Crowe 230 lbs beat Greg Page 238 lbs by KO at 2:56 in round 10 of 10

  • Location: Peel's Palace, Erlanger, Kentucky, USA

Greg Page, the 42-year-old former WBA heavyweight champion, fought 24-year-old Dale Crowe for the Kentucky heavyweight title and a purse of $1,500.

In the final seconds of the tenth round, Crowe hit Page on the jaw with a straight left. "He fell on me instead of backwards," Crowe said. "And I tried to push off for a little room just to punch...and that's when he went down." Referee Mike Cunningham ordered Crowe to a neutral corner and counted Page out as he lay slumped against the ropes.

Page suffered severe brain damage. He slipped into a coma and had a stroke during post-fight brain surgery, which left him paralyzed on the left side of his body and confined to a wheelchair.

There was no ambulance or oxygen on hand when Page was injured, which was in violation of the Professional Boxing Safety Act of 1996. Page filed a lawsuit against the state of Kentucky and settled out of court for $1.2 million. As part of the settlement, new boxing safety regulations in Kentucky were named the Greg Page Safety Initiative.

Page died at his home in Louisville on April 27, 2009. "He had a hospital bed at home, and he slid out, which he has done before," said Jim Wesley, a Jefferson County deputy coroner. "His head was lodged between the rail and the bed itself." Wesley said Page's death was consistent with positional asphyxia, an inability to breathe because of body position.

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