Sunday 19 August 2018

Conor McGregor v Floyd Mayweather stopped due to 'mild traumatic brain injury'

Conor McGregor v Floyd Mayweather: Referee Robert Byrd waves his arms to stop the fight
Conor McGregor v Floyd Mayweather: Referee Robert Byrd waves his arms to stop the fight

Harry Clarke

Conor McGregor's money-spinning fight with Floyd Mayweather was stopped in the 10th round because of 'mild traumatic brain injury' to the Notorious, according to a ringside physician.

The Notorious claimed he was merely fatigued after going toe-to-toe with the unbeaten American and suggested referee Robert Boyd should have let the fight continue to the bell in the 10th round. But Darragh O’Carroll, MD, praised the man in the middle for calling a halt to the fight when he did.

Writing on TONIC, O'Carroll said: "Byrd's calculation to call a stoppage was likely not based on signs of fatigue, but rather signs of traumatic brain injury.

"Ataxia, or dizziness and loss of balance, is one of the hallmarks of concussion, a type of mild traumatic brain injury. Fatigue may cause sluggish and slow movements, but does not cause the imbalance and poor coordination exhibited by McGregor in the 10th round.

Being wobbly, in the setting of pugilistic trauma, will always be treated as the result of head trauma and not as fatigue. To let a fighter continue on would be grossly negligent."

Following the 10-round stoppage at the T Mobile arena, McGregor said: "I would have liked to see the end of the 10th… I have this patch where I must overcome, I get a little wobbly, but it's more fatigue. If you look at the Diaz 2 fight, I came through that."

McGregor added: "It's not damage, there's always a patch in my fights where I go through this fatigue stage… but I wasn't rocked."

Irishman and McGregor fan O'Carroll dismissed this notion, however.

"I would like to believe him, but as a physician and former ringside doctor, I believe the fight was stopped for his own safety," added O'Carroll.

"Byrd did an excellent job by stopping the fight when he did, as I'm certain the ringside physician and all members of the Association of Ringside Physicians would agree."

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