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Vincent Hogan: Margarito beating harks back to darker days

Published 22/11/2010 | 05:00

Antonio Margarito in the WBC super welterweight championship fight against Manny Pacquiao, but the Mexican had little to smile about during the bout. Photo: Reuters
Antonio Margarito in the WBC super welterweight championship fight against Manny Pacquiao, but the Mexican had little to smile about during the bout. Photo: Reuters

If ever any sport conjured an image to spread long shadows in the mind, it was that of Nigel Benn and Gerald McClellan in adjoining hospital cubicles after their brutal 1995 world super-middleweight title bout in London.

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McClellan suffered catastrophic injuries in the fight that would leave him blind, almost deaf and unable to walk. While the neurosurgeons examined CT scans of the American's ruined brain, Benn -- himself in distress -- parted the curtains to reach out and hold McClellan's hand.

Seldom has a simple gesture imparted so much grace to a nightmare.

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