Don King, on Mike Tyson

"Why would anyone expect him to come out smarter?
He went to prison, not to Princeton."

"To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music
and the dancers hit each other."

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Why Was a Brain-Damaged Fighter Allowed to Leave Madison Square Garden on His Own?

Mike Perez punches  Magomed Abdusalamov during their Heavyweight fight at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 2, 2013 in New York City.  
Magomed Abdusalamov absorbs one of many heavy punches from Mike Perez.
 Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

Why Was a Brain-Damaged Fighter NOT Attended to by Doctors at Madison Square Garden? 

The fight was one of the more brutal and exciting heavyweight fights in recent memory.   Now, the bout has taken on the full proportions of a public tragedy, with the Dagestani boxer in a coma at St. Luke’s Hospital and his family wondering why state boxing officials let the severely injured athlete walk out of the arena under his own power.

Magomed Abdusalamov was a bloody mess after ten punishing rounds against the faster, more skillful Cuban fighter.

The fighters' purses were meager: $30,000 each, perhaps just enough to cover expenses for the months of nonstop training it takes to prepare for a bout.

Abdusalamov was taken in for surgery after doctors detected swelling and a blood clot in his brain. They removed part of his skull to relieve pressure from the brain swelling and placed the fighter in an induced coma, in hopes that his condition will improve in coming days.

The mounting medical bills, which will far exceed the minimum $10,000 insurance policy that the state requires promoters to carry for fighters.....

Laz Benitez, a spokesman for the commission, which regulates all boxing matches in the state, said officials are in the process of reviewing every aspect of the fight — including the quality of the medical treatment Abdusalamov received.

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