CTE (the more technical name for being "punchy") is a debilitating condition caused by atrophy in the brain. This causes explosive/irrational behavior, enhanced aggression, extreme paranoia, jealousy, among a host of other things. They've made hugh discoveries over the last few years, and believe that it has lead to the early deaths of numerous former athletes that come from contact sports which involve blows to the head. Many of these athletes showed huge changes in their personalities, hurt loved ones and killed themselves.
Obviously the most blaring incident in recent memory is Chris Benoit. Most people jumped to the conclusion that it was steroids or drugs that caused his behavior, but it turned out that it was caused by the onset of CTE due to the many blows to the head he took over the years.
I'm aware that there is no proof that Valero suffered from CTE, and I'm aware that people murder their wives and others every day without suffering from CTE. I also know about Valero's drug use. But to dismiss Valero as a strong candidate for CTE would be foolish IMO, considering he has fought his full 8 or 9 year pro career already with brain damage from the motorcycle accident.
So hypothetically speaking, if it was shown that the probable cause of these actions was the onset of severe brain atrophy, does boxing need to start tightening its bootlaces and up'ing the regulations against those who are at higher risk?
I remember a short time ago Barry Mcguinan came forward and publicly stated that Edwin Valero should not be licensed to box, due to his condition. The reactions I read were virtually unanimous, that Barry should shut up and mind his own business, that Valero had every right to fight if he wanted to. Would it change peoples' opinions if this incident was shown to be caused by brain damage from Valero's ring exploits?
Its kinda the same thing with Holyfield. They continue to license this near-50 year old legend because he can still draw a buck, and justify it with "well it should be his choice". But really don't think about him or his loved ones, like his wife who I believe took a beating from Holyfield recently because she wanted to turn the heat up in their house because she was cold.
Sorry if this is too long, I'm just kinda venting. No one knows what caused theses events and probably never will. But Pugilistic dementia is still a scary reality. Like most boxing fans I genuinly care about the warriors who put their health and lives on the line for our entertainment and wish them all the best. Its just worrysome to think of the realities of taking all those blows to the head for a living, and the possibility of these "lethal weapon's" becoming a danger to themselves and to society.