Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Boxing Death Remembered In New Documentary

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The death of Arena Football League player Al Lucas during a game between the Los Angeles Avengers and the New York Dragons is only the latest athletic tragedy to take place on TV.

That’s according to filmmaker Dan Klores, who has just finished a documentary, Ring Of Fire, that deals with the death of boxer Benny “The Kid” Peret, who died from injuries suffered during a 1962 match with Emile Griffith.

It was the first death ever broadcast live on American TV and, according to Klores, the controversy of the match led to a 10- year boxing ban on commercial TV.

Part of the reason why the fight was so vicious is because Peret called Griffith a maricon – the Spanish word for “faggot” – during the weigh-in.

The fight was controversial but Klores says little has changed since then because “fighters are hardly protected by managers” and says his gut tells him the same thing is going on in other sports.

In fact, he predicts that Lucas’ death will probably be a story for 10 days “and then the cycle will go on again.”

Ring Of Fire premieres April 20 on the USA network.

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