Boxing: Rehabilitation rules reviewed

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New methods to determine whether fighters are fit to compete are set to be introduced in the wake of Oliver McCall's emotional breakdown in the ring during his World Boxing Council title fight against Lennox Lewis in Las Vegas last week.

Marc Ratner, executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission, said his boxing governing body are considering mandatory time limits for fighters to have completed rehabilitation programmes.

"There is culpability to be spread around and I accept it for our commission," Ratner said. "We have to learn from this and reconsider how we do things."

McCall had been taking part in drug and alcohol rehabilitation programmes during his training for the Lewis fight.

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