Although rumours surfaced that the Russian’s condition had become life threatening, his promoter yesterday told the Irish Examiner that the boxer was in a stable condition.
Both men shipped serious punishment over the course of a 10-round battle which was ultimately awarded unanimously to Perez. Indeed the Russian seemed to suffer a broken jaw as early as the first round but with Perez visibly struggling, Abdusalamov’s corner were reluctant to throw in the towel.
After complaining about headaches, subsequent surgery to remove a clot led to a stroke. It is now certain he will not fight again.
“He’s still in stable condition at the immediate care unit at Roosevelt hospital,” Nathan Lewkowicz, the vice-president of Sampson Boxing, said last night. “He is also in a medically induced coma and very sick. That being said we’re hoping he can make it out of this and live a normal life.”
Perez, meanwhile, released a statement Monday sympathising with his opponent. “Mago is in my thoughts and prayers and I hope he recovers quickly,” he said.
“He fought like a true warrior. I’m happy to be victorious but my main concern is for his health.”
A fund has been set up to help with the costs of his treatment. His wife and one of his three daughters remain at his bedside.
“We are going to do what we need to do for Magomed. He and his family are going to need our help,” Sampson Lewkowicz said on Tuesday. “He is going to need financial assistance for the medical bills for his treatment, and for his family who are faced with an urgent financial crunch from this terrible accident.”