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114926_medium_medium Source: The Arizona Republic

Phoenix police officer Barry Scott has died as a result of injuries suffered in a charity boxing match. He was just 22 years old.

Again, I have to say that this is a reminder, or at least very well should be, that boxing is not a sport that should be taken lightly or used as a fundraiser sort of thing. There are a lot of other ways to raise money for charity that don't include untrained young men or women getting hurt or, in this tragic case, killed.

I fear it's very likely that they didn't have proper medical assistance on site, and that it's unlikely that Scott or his opponent were given proper medical checks prior to fighting.

Mr. Scott served with the Phoenix police after returning home from an 18-month tour of duty in Iraq with the Army National Guard. His wife and infant child survive him. Bad Left Hook sends our deepest condolences to his family and friends in this sad time. Mr. Scott clearly lived his live as a very brave man who not only wanted to help improve his community, but also protect his country. It is a fine legacy to leave, and I am certain his loved ones are very proud of the life he lived.