Two professional deaf boxers have made a big
contribution to boxing rules – only for one
reason – they cannot hear
Red lights were installed at corners of the
boxing ring because Eugene Hairston could not
hear the bell, signaling the end of the round.
He boxed during the late forties and early fifties.
Ten hand count by the referee was made mandatory
when the boxer is knocked down. Boxer Dummy
Burke could not hear the voice count, and so,
the reason for the hand count. Burke fought
in the early 19th century.