Dennis Munson Jr. was an amateur kickboxer that made his debut fight on March 28, 2014. During the fight, Dennis showed several instances of being out on his feet, yet there was no move to stop the fight from the referee, the ringside physician, or Munson’s own corner. Sadly, Munson collapsed after the fight, was rushed to the hospital and ultimately died due to brain trauma.
After news about Munson’s tragic passing broke, there was talk about the unhealthy environment at Roufusport, where Munson trained. However, that has nothing to do with the sad fact that a young man was failed by the officials who supposedly have his safety as their first obligation. Referee Al Wichgers and ringside physician Carlos Feliciano didn’t do everything in their power to prevent this tragedy. As in most cases, I firmly agree with Pat Barry that someone should have stepped up and taken responsibility for what happened.