Curry’s sad but important story is one that needs to be told

“Hi all,” began Donovan Curry on twitter last week, referring to the more than 900 followers his father, Donald ‘The Lone Star Cobra’ Curry, has on social media. “Today I speak on behalf of my father, Donald Curry. A champion of the boxing world, one of the greatest boxers of all time. However, today I ask for help. Not for the money, but to spread awareness, hoping to find a solution for retired athletes with head injuries and symptoms of CTE. For the past 3 years I’ve been trying to get my dad help so he can get a CT scan or a psychiatric evaluation, but living far away and he can’t properly walk has made that worse. ”

Things got really low when the former two-weight world champion attacked her sister while she was sleeping over a week ago. The former boxer lived with her and when she called the police, Curry was arrested and sent to prison – where he spent too much time.

Curry needed help and Donovan had nowhere else to turn.

‘The Cobra’ had fallen mentally and physically in recent years and when he was released from prison a few days later, he had nowhere to go.

Donovan put him in a motel for a couple of nights while posting the Go Fund Me page on Twitter to try to raise money so his pops had a place to stay.

In the meantime, he managed to find Curry a shelter to move forward, so when he raised enough money to take care of the motel for a few days, before the shelter could take him Let’s go, Donovan declined the request. Curry will move to the shelter next week but it is a grim situation and the outlook is not good.

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy is a neurodegenerative disease that in 1928 was medically known as ‘drunk syndrome’. It later became ‘amnesia pugilistica’ but the sports lexicon started using CTE mainly around the time of the NFL’s concussion crisis although it was still not an important part of the conversation. story in boxing.

Curry is on the conveyor belt of old champions, being used, abused and thrown on a scrap of paper with nowhere to go.

A rare highlight might be a weekend at the International Boxing Hall of Fame or a gala of former boxers but they are few and far between.

“He likes to socialize with all the old boxers,” added Donovan, 29. “They had a good time talking about the old days so it was fun, and I know it was good for my dad. He likes that feeling, I guess it helps him remember how things are rather than how things are.”

But in light of Donovan’s heartfelt and moving appeal to the world of boxing, he cited one of the sport’s key problems as the reason he had so few options. He had no one to call to talk to about the difficult times his father was going through and no one he could turn to for help.

He has no contact to contact anyone at the WBC or WBA, clearly no pension fund and no union to help.

What he does have is YouTube, and he will sometimes allow himself to look back at how his dad looked and sounded in his glory years, as he crossed the welterweight division with wins over Marlon. Starling and Milton McCrory were considered the best for-pound balancers at the time.

“I watch old matches and interviews and it feels like I don’t really know the person,” admits Donovan, whose parents split when he was three. “I know someone I knew like my father growing up, that’s the only person I knew. Now he’s a completely different person so I never knew him as a world champion. I was born at the end of his career. It was a humbling experience for sure but I was just hoping to help spread awareness and maybe ask him for help. “

Not only does he want to help his father, but he hopes his father’s story can be used for the greater good, to help boxers go further and further into Fort Worth, Texas, where his father still lives. He hopes his father can help countless others just like him, who are stuck in the biggest battle of their lives after the final bell.

“With my dad’s story, I feel there is a place for it in some kind of book,” added Donovan. “There were a lot of people who were around his boxing career that are still around now. I always thought there was something there for my dad. I feel like his career and life is a story that can be told.”

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Charles Jones

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