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Frida Wallberg Health Update, Mishap Will Be Investigated

By Per Ake Persson

As reported on Friday, WBC female super featherweight champ Frida Wallberg suffered an upset TKO loss to LA-based Australian Diana Prazak tonight in the headliner of Golden Ring´s show in Stockholm, Sweden.

In the fight - Wallberg (11-2) was ahead on points after five but appeared to fading and Prazak (12-2) just kept coming and got through with a sweeping right hand in the seventh that buckled Wallberg´s knees - and she never seemed to recover. She looked a bit out of it in the corner but came out for the eight but was floored by a short hard left hook during an exchange from the challenger. Wallberg was hurt but was allowed to continue and was then floored again by a short right hook and referee Bela Florian waved it off.

Wallberg got to her feet and staggered to her corner out of this world into the arms of the ringside physician who seemed to think she was okay but Lucia Rijker, who headed Prazak´s corner, knew differently and called for the doctor to return and Wallberg left the ring on a stretcher and was taken to hospital.

Wallberg is suffering from what they call cerebral hemorrage and she underwent surgery at a hospital in Stockholm. Wallberg is in a medically induced coma with a respirator helping her breathe.

The nurses at the Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm made what is described as a "light wakeup" at 4PM of Wallberg and there was a positive response from her, reports svt.se quoting Frida´s boyfriend and promoter Robert Stridsberg. She was however but back to sleep and and there will be further checkups.

Swedish media insists that Wallberg was knocked out twice which is incorrect - she was floored twice in the eighth last night and then stopped and she should perhaps have been stopped from coming out for round eight as she was staggered in the seventh and didn't seem to recover well - all easy to say from your favorite your TV chair of course.

There will now be an investigation from the Swedish Federation on how this could have happened - but let's get an explanation on why the doctor - Robert Ludwig - who's been a boxing doctor for decades now - could misjudge the situation as he did.

Wallberg´s trainer, William Nguesseu, a former boxer who had to retire after a head injury, is not happy at all with Dr. Ludwig but let´s mention again that without Lucia Rijker, Diana Prazak´s trainer, this could have been even worse. Rijker quickly saw something was wrong and tried to work with Wallberg and then called for the doctor to return - and only then did the ambulance people arrive with oxygen.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by vacon04 on 06-16-2013

It was an accident. I feel very sorry for her, she's a good boxer and a warrior. She was dropped twice in the 8th round and the second time the fight was stopped. Sure, she didn't seem to be at…

Comment by HeroBando on 06-16-2013

[QUOTE=nycsmooth;13475734]Boxing has been going on in Sweden for decades b4 you were born...ever hear of Ingremar Johansen?[/QUOTE] Nov 29, 2006 – A modified version of professional boxing was approved by a sports commission on Wednesday, ending a 36-year ban on…

Comment by nycsmooth on 06-16-2013

[QUOTE=tostao;13474869]professional boxing was just introduced in sweden , so officials and ringside doctors are very inexperinced , EBU must strictly supervize all the competitions in newly fledged professional boxing federations[/QUOTE] Boxing has been going on in Sweden for decades b4…

Comment by mrpain81 on 06-15-2013

[I]Lucia Rijker saved the day, she should get a medal. That doctor was garbage, and the whole response was way too slow.[/I]

Comment by tostao on 06-15-2013

professional boxing was just introduced in sweden , so officials and ringside doctors are very inexperinced , EBU must strictly supervize all the competitions in newly fledged professional boxing federations

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