Boxer Johnny Lira donates brain to help raise awareness for head injuries

During National Head Injury Awareness Week, Nina Santiago, daughter of Chicago’s former boxing champion Johnny Lira, tells the story of her dad’s contributions to the cause before and after his death in December.


Ernesto Espana ducks a punch from Johnny Lira during a WBA lightweight title bout, August 4, 1979. (Tribune photo by Phil Mascione)


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