The Brain of a Boxer
"The Brain of a Boxer" begins as a classic tale of golden age boxer Paul Pender overcoming physical adversity to eventually beat Sugar Ray Robinson and become World Middleweight Champion. But there is much more to Paul's story. Known for his brain as well as his mitts, Paul eloquently spoke out against the politics of boxing. In later life he was misdiagnosed as having Alzheimer's, but after death doctors discovered his mental decline was a result of having suffered from CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy). CTE is a debilitating disease that's at the forefront of contact sports today, including football, soccer, and hockey. Paul's disease was so severe that his brain became the "index case" - the brain against which all others are compared. The real causes of CTE and the risks to young athletes today are revealed in the documentary. Paul’s story serves as both a cautionary tale for what can happen when athletes aren’t properly cared for, as well as a fitting tribute for a man who was known for his intelligence in and outside of the ring.