Boxing News: Anthony Joshua urged to use ‘life-saving mouthguard’ for Andy Ruiz Jr rematch after spate of boxing deaths

Anthony Joshua has been urged to wear a potentially ‘life-saving mouthguard’ for his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia.

The boxing world was rocked last week when Patrick Day tragically lost his life just days after his knockout defeat to Charles Conwell.

Andy Ruiz Jr knocked Joshua down four times in New York back in June

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Andy Ruiz Jr knocked Joshua down four times in New York back in June

The American lapsed into a coma after the tenth round knockdown, with emergency brain surgery unable to save him and he passed away aged 27.

Day is the fourth boxer in four months to lose his life, with Maxim Dadashev, Hugo Santillan and Boris Stanchov also passing away in 2019.

The doctor leading the technological advancement behind the mouthpiece hopes the kit could prevent fatalities in boxing altogether.

But Professor Mike Loosemore, GB Boxing’s chief medical officer, hopes his Opro+ mouthguard, which ‘captures accurate raw data… about the player’s head impact’, can help.

Patrick Day was stretchered out of the ring after a brutal KO defeat to Charles Conway

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Patrick Day was stretchered out of the ring after a brutal KO defeat to Charles Conway

He told the Daily Mail : “From a personal point of view, I’d like to get Anthony involved in using this.

“The product is what we’ve been looking for, really. We’ve been looking for something where we can measure the real impact on the head.

“I could see it being used in boxers’ sparring. If they take some heavy shots, you could call the sparring off for the day or you could rest them up for a couple of days or a week, or until they’ve made a recovery.

“It would give us a better idea of the concussive blows the boxer was taking during sparring because at the moment we have really no idea.

Rob McCracken originally claimed he knew AJ was concussed in his fight with Ruiz

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Rob McCracken originally claimed he knew AJ was concussed in his fight with Ruiz

“We haven’t had those discussions with Anthony yet so I can’t say whether he’d be interested or not but I’d like to get him involved.

“You may be able to get to the point where you can say, ‘He’s had a certain impact, therefore it’s time to stop the fight.

“It could change the dynamics of the way the fight was measured because you’d be able to tell if someone was taking a lot of heavy impacts or if they’d taken a very hard impact.”

The Mexican has promised to be lighter and more dangerous for the rematch and his impressive speed and power were on display once again at a media workout.

Anthony Joshua denies suffering panic attack during Ruiz Jr fight

Joshua, who is seeking to regain his world heavyweight titles on December 7, was beaten in sensational style in their first fight back in June.

Ruiz knocked the Brit down four times en route to a convincing stoppage victory, with Joshua’s trainer Rob McCracken even admitting he felt his fighter was concussed.

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