Dr. Daniel Orr rounded out his boxing education by watching a tape of the Derrik Holmes-Wilfredo Gomez fight Saturday night.
Earlier in the day, the oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Las Vegas had reconstructed Holmes' shattered jaw.
"It was a commentary on human nature," Orr said of the telecast. "Everybody was booing Derrik, assuming he was a coward. His own corner was even ragging him.
"I was amazed that he hung in there for as long as he did after suffering the break," Orr said. The fracture had come in the second round but the fight wasn't awarded to Gomez until the fifth.
"He had a displaced compound fracture. The bones were protruding into the mouth. His (upper left) wisdom tooth was split right in half. If you followed that line of fracture it matched the one in his jaw. The tooth was split by the same punch that broke the jaw."
"Every time Gomez hit him, it was making pieces of tooth and bone fall in his mouth. It must have been like sticking your finger in a light socket. Just bouncing around displaced the fracture."
Holmes was down eight times for counts, once without getting hit. He went down five times in the fourth round. His manager signaled referee Joey Curtis to stop the bout after Holmes went down for the second time, 2 minutes 39 seconds into the fifth round.
"The raw nerve ending was exposed," the doctor said. "The tooth was hanging out, then the jaw bone was displaced. There is a nerve going through the middle of the jaw bone that held the jaw together. The nerve itself wasn't injured."
The surgeon said the tooth was not abscessed, nor was there any "inherent weak spot in the jaw bone, though his gums were inflamed and probably sore last week during training.
"The fracture might have occurred because Derrik wasn't wearing his mouthpiece at the time, or because his mouth might have been open when he got hit, or his jaw was in a misplaced position.
"I wish he had gone to a dentist beforehand; he might have averted all this. The repair is as good as anybody can ask for. I called in another oral surgeon; we didn't have to cut through the skin on his neck. We did it all inside his mouth.
"I've seen people with a broken jaw being hit just once and it hurt them so bad you couldn't touch them. If those fans had ever seen his mouth they would have admired Derrik's courage."
Orr's education about boxing would have been furthered had he attended a reading of the Nevada rules for Friday's bout. It was noted that the main-event fighters -- Holmes and Gomez -- would have their lives insured for $50,000 each, with only $25,000 coverage for the boxers in the preliminaries. There were hospitalization policies for Holmes and Gomez in the amount of $100,000, extending for 24 months after the bout.
In another development, Brent Molovinsky, business manager for Holmes, termed completely false remarks made about him on Sunday by John Holmes, the boxer's brother.
John said that Derrik had complained last week about an abscessed tooth to Gilbert (Billy) Ware, his manager, and added that Orr had told the family Friday night that if Derrik had such an infected tooth, it could have resulted in his being vulnerable to a broken jaw from a punch.
Molovinsky said he didn't know about Orr's reported statement until Saturday, when he was informed by Bernard Shankman, his attorney. Molovinsky said Shankman advised the family Friday night not to make any rash statements until Derrik's condition was determined.