In recent years, the possible retirement of a Quebec boxer has been a recurring hot topic.
Should Eleider Alvarez or Jean Pascal bow out? Did Adonis Stevenson have one too many bouts against Oleksandr Gvozdyk? At one point or another, these questions have come to the fore.
Boxing is a dangerous sport. When two boxers hit each other for 8, 10 or even 12 rounds, the consequences can be tragic. The deaths of Patrick Day and Maxim Dadashev are there to prove it.
For his part, Stevenson came very close to knowing the same end. He is a miracle on two feet after being declared dead after his duel on December 1, 2018 in Quebec. In addition, he lost several of the millions he had amassed during his career, not to mention his legal problems with his former wife, Sisi God.
The former world champion is not the only one to have experienced difficult times after his career. Others have made bad decisions in their personal lives. Two good examples are Dierry Jean and Matthew Hilton, who were among the world’s elite.
When a boxer enters the last phase of his journey, he is often his worst enemy. The flame that burns inside him is very difficult to extinguish. The majority of the 14 boxers we met for our case confirmed this.
“It was a war with myself, torture not to go back to boxing. I made a depression out of it. I had done nothing other than boxing in my life, ”says Benoit Gaudet, who will be featured in our edition tomorrow.
“Last year, I put the gloves back on with Martin Germain and I realized that my gloves had to stay away from me,” adds Mikael Gadbois. I found that it wouldn’t take much to rekindle my flame. Boxing never comes out of you. ”
The Journal of Montreal reunited with 14 former boxers who have been retired for a few years. Everyone was kind enough to explain to us the triggering event that led to the end of their career, but also their current occupation.
It is rare for an athlete to pocket enough money to support his retirement years. With the exception of those in major fights, boxers cash in just enough money to pay their annual fees. The majority of boxers in our file are currently in the workforce.
However, they are unanimous on one thing: grieving their sport has been far from easy. They needed a few years to find some inner peace.
The good news is that they don’t have any health issues related to their career between the cables. With their testimonials, they could serve as inspiration for the next generation of boxers.
Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my email@example.com 1-800-268-7116