Eddie Hearn and Peter McCabe joined Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard on Good Morning Britain as they debated the dangers of boxing
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Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn became involved in a furious clash with a head injury campaigner on Good Morning Britain as they debated how healthy the sport was for children.
Joining hosts Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard on GMB, Eddie was unsurprisingly voicing the positives of boxing and how it helped youngsters channel their aggression in a healthier way.
But things became very heated when Headway campaigner Peter McCabe explained the dangers of the sport and the potential for head injuries.
As Eddie began to interrupt, Peter fumed that he was talking over him.
“It irritates me that this notion that the only way for working-class boys to get on is to take up boxing,” Peter said.
“And as somebody who grew up on a council estate in one of the most deprived areas of the country, there are so many sports that teach discipline and encourage kids to train and work and have ambition.
“And those sports don’t involve hitting somebody punching somebody in the head.”
He added: “The ultimate way to win a boxing contest is to render your opponent senseless…”
“That is so naive,” Eddie interjected, prompting Peter to fume: “I didn’t interrupt you.”
Eddie hit back: “Well, I will interrupt you. You’re not as educated as a boxer, as a fighter to go in and render your opponent anything.”
Peter tried to respond as he said: “You knock somebody out… please allow me to finish the point. The ultimate victory in a boxing match is you knock somebody out and the referee counts to 10 and the person is concussed. They can’t get up.”
The pair continued to clash, with Peter raging again: “You’re interrupting me again.”
Host Ben quipped: “This is the best ding dong we’ve had on the show and there’s not even a ring.”
*Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV
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