Boxing rule change: No headgear but plenty of bumps and blood at Commonwealth Games

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It was the first bout of the boxing competition at the Commonwealth Games. Within minutes, one of the fighters had a large lump on his head, and the other had blood streaming down his face.

That's what fighting without protective headgear can do.

In a decision last year, the International Boxing Association stopped the use of headgear in male bouts, citing medical experts who said it would help reduce concussions.

But Benson Njangiru of Kenya said going into the ring for the first time without headgear was "scary."