Risk reduction measures protect election incumbents

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Valley News - Opinion
Heeding calls to decrease deaths in the ring, boxing has taken safety measures to protect fighters. The technical knockout is one of those safety measures. If a fighter is deemed unable to continue by the referee, the fight can be stopped even if the fighter is not knocked out. In March 1991, Donovan “Razor” Ruddock learned about what happens when safety regulators get too zealous in their quest for protection. Ruddock was a 9-2 underdog against Mike Tyson. Although Tyson was the favorite and had only lost once in his professional career, most of his wins were early-round knockouts. The theory is that because Tyson has rarely been tested in later rounds, his endurance is suspect. His only loss, to Buster Douglas, was in the 10th round. As a boxer, rather than a puncher, Rud
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