NSW govt considers combat sport changes


The NSW government is considering giving ring-side doctors greater powers to call off combat sport contests following a coronial inquest into the death of a professional boxer.

Boxer Davey Browne was fatally struck in the 12th and final round of a professional bout at the Ingleburn RSL on September 11, 2015.

He died from a brain injury four days later in hospital.

In inquest findings handed down at the Glebe Coroner's Court on Thursday, Deputy State Coroner Teresa O'Sullivan said his death was preventable.

Ms O'Sullivan recommended doctors be given greater powers to stop combat sports contests and examine competitors, particularly for "trigger" events such as a knockdown or suspicion of concussion.

She said the referee made an error of judgment when he didn't deem Browne had been knocked down and therefore failed to apply an eight count.

"Action could have been taken to examine Davey and stop the fight prior to the point when it ended in the 12th round," Ms O'Sullivan said.

The inquest heard Browne was concussed and in a "perilous state" at the time.

NSW Sports Minister Stuart Ayres said Browne's death was a tragedy.

"The government will carefully consider each of these recommendations and respond as soon as practically possible," he said in a statement on Thursday.