Is Scottish Boxer Ken Buchanan diagnosed with Dementia?
The son of Scottish Boxing legend, Ken Buchanan has confirmed the current state of his father’s health.
Ken Buchanan, born on 28 June 1945, is a Scottish retired professional boxer from Edinburgh and the former undisputed world lightweight champion.
Buchanan, 76, who now lives in a care home in his hometown of Edinburgh, became the undisputed lightweight world champion in 1971.
Ken Buchanan, the legendary Scottish boxer, has been diagnosed with dementia, according to his son.
The sickness “has most likely developed as a result of his sport,” according to Mark Buchanan.
“As those who are familiar with dementia would know, my father has good days and terrible days.
“A lot of sports players have recently announced their dementia, and my father’s dementia, at the age of 76, is most certainly a result of his sport.”
In 1971, Buchanan defeated Ruben Navarro to become Scotland’s first uncontested world champion, a feat until 50 years later when Josh Taylor, whom Buchanan taught, defeated Jose Ramirez.
In 1970, the Scot won the WBA world championship in scorching heat in Puerto Rico against Panamanian fighter Ismael Laguna, in what is now regarded as one of the finest triumphs by a British boxer outside of the UK.
His son Mark stated his father was moved to a care facility because of his “growing fragility,” and that they had declined an offer to be inducted into the West Coast USA Boxing Hall of Fame because of his failing health.