Australian boxing legend Jeff Fenech is determined to give trainers and gym owners a reality check that could "save a life" amid concerns for the future of the sport.
The death of Australian boxer Dwight Ritchie following a sparring session with Michael Zerafa on Saturday has sparked calls for the sport to be banned.
The Australian Medical Association has long pushed for sports such as boxing and mixed martial arts to be outlawed.
Ritchie's death follows those of American Patrick Day, Russian Maxim Dadashev, Argentinian Hugo Alfredo Santillan and Bulgarian Boris Stanchov due to injuries sustained in boxing this year.
While Ritchie collapsed following a body shot in what has been dubbed a freak accident, now looms as a fitting opportunity for officials to learn how they can make the sport safer.
Fenech is urging trainers to show more care for their fighters and wants gyms around the country to invest in defibrillators.
The three-weight world champion, who has battled a host of health issues in recent months, cringes when he thinks about the heavy sparring sessions he had.
The boxing great is working with promoter Dean Lonergan and D&L Events to develop a program to educate trainers about a safety-first approach following the launch of the National Boxing Series.
"We've got to get all these trainers together and let them know a spar is not to kill each other, a spar is to help them get prepared," Fenech said.
"You don't get prepared by getting your head bashed in, and it's starting to piss me off. I'd love to have the opportunity to tell these guys, because I've been there.
"I've done it, I've hurt people, and I hate myself for it, when I think of how hard and how much I hit people.
"They bring somebody from another gym specifically to be a punching bag. It's not right.
"Would you like somebody to bring your kid in there to be a punching bag? No, you wouldn't.
"Those kids have got mothers, fathers and everything else. Look after them. Spar light, have some rules.
"Boxing is a sport where we try to knock people out. Now when I think of it, although I was this big gladiator and thought I was big, strong and tough, wow.
"I've had memory loss and think 'what's it from? Is it from being 55 or getting punched in the head?'"
One of the NBS' major goals is to improve the safety of the sport with matchmaker Stu Duncan securing distribution rights for a portable hand-held hematoma detector.
Boxers will ideally be scanned at weigh-ins, while a trained scanning agent will be present at events to screen boxers as they deem necessary.
The scanner will be implemented from round two of the series onwards, beginning with the event headlined by Jayde Mitchell and Stanislav Kashtanov in Melbourne on November 23.
Fenech says boxing organisations should invest in more of the handheld portable devices originally designed for use in battlefields to ship them to events nationwide.
Now he is urging gym owners to invest in defibrillators - and he says whether they're ever needed is irrelevant.
"Everybody needs it, they're a couple of thousand dollars, if you can save somebody's life for a couple of thousand dollars, save them," Fenech said.
"[Ritchie's death] is an accident. A couple of months earlier I had a young boy at my gym who had a seizure, and oh my, I've never been as stressed in my life.
"This kid is 21, a beautiful kid, and he has now got epilepsy. His father is my best friend and I rang the father up. He wasn't sparring, he was just skipping.
"We've got to be prepared. If people get gyms, they need to invest that little bit of extra money to make sure they have the safety as well. It should be mandatory.
"Every gym should have a defibrillator in it, I don't care what gym it is. For $2000, if you can save a life once, wow."
Team Ellis Boxing have started a fundraiser for the three children and partner Dwight Ritchie leaves behind. Click here to donate.