I’ve been knocked out in the ring during a championship kickboxing match. It was the most embarrassing moment of my life!
I was an 18 year old high schooler with a 4-0 record. The defending champ was 28 years old with much more ring experience. At the last minute the #1 contender from Canada withdrew and he needed an opponent.
With one day notice, I drove from Las Vegas to Southern California to compete for the North American Amateur Muay Thai Championship.
Although I lost the bout in the final seconds due to a T.K.O. I’m very proud of the way I performed that night. I proved that I belonged in the ring among America’s top tier athletes.
Looking back it was one of the best things that ever happened to me as a fighter; that was a horrible experience that I never wanted feel again. For the rest of my boxing career I trained so hard to ensure that that feeling, the embarrassment of getting my ass kicked in front of family, friends and strangers would never happen again.
Getting knocked out is an odd experience. A moment ago, I was standing toe to toe with my opponent and then all of a sudden I find myself surrounded by people. Is it over? What happened?
When you suffer a concussion there are a few rules to follow:
- You shouldn’t be left alone.
- You shouldn’t sleep.
- You shouldn’t take Ibuprofen or Advil, as it may increase the risk of bleeding.
So what are fighters to do for the pain and headache?
I’ve suffered concussions related directly to boxing more than once. One night at the gym I butted heads with my sparring partner. The blow split my forehead open and dropped me to my knees. A pool of blood quickly gushed from the cut and soaked the floor. I had to go to the hospital and returned home with 15 stitches. I’ll carry the scar over my left eyebrow for the rest of my life.
The night of the headbutt, I was in a safe and comfortable environment among friends. I smoked weed to help relieve my headache.
I knew from my prior use of cannabis that it helped ‘Clear the Cobwebs’
It is a difficult emotion to convey. Regular cannabis users know the feeling of waking up with a hangover from a night of drinking alcohol, and wanting to take a puff of cannabis in order to balance yourself.
While the NFL gets all the attention about CTE, boxers have been suffering from ‘Punch Drunk’ for decades. Fighters know better than anyone that getting hit in the head isn’t good for you. But we’re warriors and we love it. We do it as amateurs for fun and if talented enough as a professionals.
Tonight, the world will gather around their televisions to watch a special Pay Per View event as the top MMA star ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor steps into the squared circle to challenge Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather. All eyes are going to be on the combat sport community, which is why I wanted to bring attention to the topic about concussions and cannabis; especially to Nevada Athletic Commission to call for an end to testing for cannabis.
For the betterment of the sport and the safety of the athletes, cannabis MUST BE REMOVED from list of illegal substances.
- David Schacter (4x National Collegiate Boxing Champion) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nevada Boxer)