The super-World Cup against Anthony Joshua is the one side of the medal, the heavy fate of the former European champion Eduard Gutknecht the other. Boxing can be gripping, sad, and tragic. Eduard will probably never be able to lead a self-determined life,” President of the Federal German Professional Boxers (BDB).

Boxer Gutknecht

The 35-year-old boxer, who collapsed against George Groves in the cabin after his defeat in November last year and fell into a coma, is still in the rehabilitation clinic. His wife takes care of him. The three, seven and eight-year-old children regularly visit their father. We must be happy that he lives. From the medical point of view, it is stable.

He gets to know that we are there and recognizes us we are safe said his wife Julia in an interview of the Internet platform. He could neither walk nor speak. In order to alleviate the financial bottlenecks that the family must now master and promoter announced overdue donation campaigns in favor of Gutknecht.

The apartment of the Gutknecht’s has to be adapted for handicapped persons. Domestic care, for which the health insurance fund provides only limited resources, is imminent. “Unfortunately, there is no professional or trade association for boxers. There is no pension funded by boxing or the like said his wife.

On 18 November 2016, the life of the Gutknecht’s in London had changed fundamentally. Against Groves, the fighter from Gifford was in a rather insane battle for the WBA Intercontinental title lost. He pocketed the hardest hit. Still at night, he was being operated in the hospital for cerebral hemorrhage.

Enlarge Eduard Gutknecht in February 2016

His Berlin manager had calmed worried callers and downplayed the immediate consequences of the fight. It was cruel. We thought he was dying said Groves manager Sauer land of the German press agency. Had Gutknecht corner thrown the towel perhaps worse was prevented? His environment has been irresponsible. Sauer land also wants to boost the support for the long-term patient Gutknecht in the planned World Cup in June between the Tyro-German titleholder and the British Paul Smith. The contact with Gutknecht’s Berlin management had been broken off in his own words.

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The super-World Cup against Anthony Joshua is the one side of the medal, the heavy fate of the former European champion Eduard Gutknecht the other. Boxing can be gripping, sad, and tragic. Eduard will probably never be able to lead a self-determined life,' President of the Federal German Professional...