Aaron Pryor cannot see the big E...
Aaron Pryor cannot see the big E at the top of an eye chart with his left eye, and should not be allowed to box again, the consulting ophthalmologist to the New Jersey boxing commission said.
David Smith said he examined Pryor in February and that without corrective lenses the vision in the former junior-welterweight champion’s left eye was about 20-400. It improved to 20-70 with corrective contact lenses that cannot be worn in the ring, Smith said.
Boxing officials in Nevada, New York and California denied Pryor a license before Wisconsin gave him approval to fight next week. The license’s only limiting provision stipulated that Pryor must sign a waiver releasing the state from liability should he be blinded in the eight-round fight against Daryl Jones in Madison.
Smith said he examined Pryor for a cataract problem in 1986, two years before the boxer underwent surgery to remove the cataract and repair a detached retina.