Sydney - The ringside doctor at a fight where an Australian
boxer died should have intervened when he showed signs of concussion, a Sydney
coroner found on Thursday, while also criticising the referee for not stopping the
Davey Browne Jr died in hospital from a brain injury four
days after he was knocked out 30 seconds from the end of the super
featherweight 12-round contest against Carlo Magali of the Philippines in
Sydney in September 2015.
Deputy New South Wales state coroner, magistrate Teresa
O'Sullivan, said the 28-year-old father-of-two's death was
"The seriousness of his condition at the end of round
11 was recognised by a number of witnesses present at the time, albeit with the
benefit of hindsight," she said in her findings.
"Action could have been taken to examine Davey and stop
the fight prior to the point when it ended in the 12th round."
O'Sullivan criticised attending physician Lawrence Noonan,
who said he did not act because the referee had not stopped the fight, and
recommended that a ringside doctor's obligations to intervene should be
She described Noonan's approach as a "manifestly
inadequate method to assess whether Davey had sustained or recovered from
concussion and whether he was fit to continue", and also censured referee
"Mr Lucas's failure to recognise the seriousness of
Davey's condition serves to emphasise the need for an examination by a ringside
doctor who is trained to detect concussion, to properly assess a fighter's
fitness to continue," she said.
She called for more comprehensive state regulations, noting
it was a "striking feature of the evidence that many witnesses did not
know which rules applied to this contest, and had a flawed understanding of the
Regulations around boxing differ across state lines in
Browne's widow Amy Lavelle said outside the court she was
hopeful the findings would prevent future incidents.
"I guess it just provides a bit of satisfaction and
pleasure to gain acknowledgement about what happened," the Australian
Broadcasting Corporation reported her as saying.
"He was a very gentle person. He was just a fighter in
the ring, it was a sport for him. He was very skilled at it and he had many