It's an old story--a fighter gains fame, drives fast cars, makes piles of cash, and dates beautiful women. Then comes the fall--booze, drugs, depression, poverty, illness. This dark narrative has been playing out for a hundred years.
Doctors first identified "Punch Drunk Syndrome" in 1928. It later became known as "Dementia Pugilistica." Today, we call it CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy). The secret history of this disease in boxing has never been fully told-- until now.
In Damage, Tris Dixon looks at the boxing origins of CTE and chronicles the lives of fighters affected by it. He interviews some of the sport's biggest names, past and present; some lesser-known journeymen; and highly respected trainers and other figures to try to understand why no one wants to discuss CTE or take responsibility for it, and what boxing can do to help the warriors who sacrifice their health seeking glory in the ring.