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Swedish boxing shaken by fight fall-out

Published måndag 17 juni 2013 kl 16.18
"I thought it was a horrible accident."
(3:10 min)

On Friday, Frida Wallberg, a professional Swedish boxer, was knocked unconcious and suffered bleeding on the brain. She remained in a coma until yesterday morning. The incident has reignited a debate here about whether boxing should be banned.

Radio Sweden spoke with former Swedish boxer, neuroscientist, and close friend of Frida Wallberg, Sanna Neselius, to get a better idea of the dangers of boxing - and how it compares with other sports such as horse riding and downhill skiing.

Asked whether boxing should be banned, as it was in Sweden until 2007, Neselius replies:

"The alternative is that if we do not have professional boxers in Sweden our boxers would go abroad, and I think it is safer for our boxers to box here in Sweden."

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