Family of dead kickboxer advocates for the sport to be regulated
MILWAUKEE -- 'No one should have to fight to the death.' That's what Dennis Munson Jr.'s family is now saying after the young kickboxer died from a fight at the Eagles Club earlier this year.
\"I want to see changes, I want to see kickboxing as a regulated sport.\"
With the same determination Dennis Munson Jr. fought his last fight, his sister, Brandy Bryant-Gee will work to make kickboxing a regulated sport.
\"This big hole is opened again because you're thinking my gosh, this is how my brother died. He took a blow to the head.\"
This week the coroner ruled his cause of death as blunt force trauma. Munson died in late March kickboxing for Roufusport. Witnesses told CBS 58 he could barely move his arms and collapsed by the end of the last round.
Brandy says, \"The coaches, the corner-man, they're supposed to make the call for you when you can't make it for yourself. I think he was failed that night, and he died as a result of that.\"
Roufusport's kickboxing is not required to be licensed by Wisconsin's Department of Safety and Professional Services like other martial arts.
\"If you see someone struggling you are responsible for them whether they signed a waiver or not. It's your responsibility to pull them out.\"
If kickboxing was regulated like other mixed martial arts, fighters would be required to have a doctor's exam before and after each match. Brandy says she'll keep fighting by creating a foundation to sure her brother's last fight is one that saves lives.
We contacted the fight club but they did not return our call. We were told that a medical professional was at the fight.