If the aneurysm theory is correct, Charlie Mohr was not a victim of college boxing. Young men so afflicted may die suddenly and unpredictably in their 20s or 30s. They are victims of premature cerebral hemorrhages that most often occur in much older men. But Dr. Javid felt that the aneurysm suggestion was not necessary to explain what had happened. He reported that Mohr had suffered "a very serious head injury."
Serious injury or death in college boxing is most unusual. A year ago Curtis Raymond Lyons, a Texas A&M sophomore, died after a bout with Fred White at Sam Houston College. Prior to that there had not been a death in the sport since 1945, when Dixon Walker of the University of Maryland died after a bout at Catholic University with CU's Gus Gersin. But the 1945 bout was not conducted under the more recent and more protective NCAA rules.
Whatever the cause in the Mohr instance, aneurysm and innocence for college boxing or not, coaches foresaw the early end of the sport.
It has been declining anyhow, despite recent sporadic signs of possible resurgence. Eastern colleges, once the stronghold of the sport, have just about abandoned it except for intramural matches. Now the center of interest is in the West. Seven California colleges were entered in this tournament. Only Syracuse was represented from the East.
"This will just about do it." Coach Milton (Dubby) Holt of Idaho State said. "I think college boxing is now finished."
Henry Elespuru, Sacramento State coach, put it succinctly. "This will kill college boxing," he said.
Both men are aware that college boxing has been confused in many academic minds with professional prizefighting, as college wrestling sometimes has been confused with professional wrestling. Its aura is not that of tennis, or crew or football.
But college boxers have loved it and have benefited by it, among them Charlie Mohr, a shy, introverted young man whose family noted that the sport and his success in it had made him much more outgoing. It may possibly survive this blow. Charlie's father, Charles Mohr Sr., a gentleman of remarkable understanding and forbearance, made it clear, once he had recovered from the first shock of his son's accident, that he does not blame the sport and hopes others will not. But many will.