Julio Ceja has returned home to Mexico City, where he is spending time with his family and recovering mentally and physically from his vicious knockout loss to Mark Magsayo.
Despite a published report, however, Ceja did not suffer a fractured orbital bone around his left eye during that devastating defeat Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena. Ceja spent Saturday night at Valley Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas as a precautionary measure, but extensive testing didn’t detect any serious injuries.
Ceja was released from the hospital Sunday afternoon. The 28-year-old featherweight contender has been placed on indefinite suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission based on the brutal nature of his loss, but Ceja plans to resume his career after taking an extended break from boxing.
“I felt really good in the fight and I know I was winning,” Ceja told BoxingScene.com through a translator. “I give Magsayo a lot of credit because I had won almost every round besides the first round, and he caught me with a great punch. However, I read an article that said I had a fractured orbital bone and I want to set the record straight. I did not suffer any fracture or broken bones in the fight. The hospital gave me a clean bill of health. I am now spending time with my family, and after a good rest, I will return to the ring.”
The Philippines’ Magsayo trailed on all three scorecards entering the 10th round of their WBC 126-pound elimination match on the Manny Pacquiao-Yordenis Ugas undercard. Judges Max De Luca (86-83), Lisa Giampa (86-83) and Don Trella (87-82) had Ceja ahead through nine rounds of a fight FOX Sports Pay-Per-View televised.
The 26-year-old Magsayo (23-0, 16 KOs), who was knocked down late in the fifth round, blasted Ceja with a picturesque right hand early in the 10th round, though, that briefly knocked Ceja unconscious. As Ceja fell toward the canvas, Magsayo hit him with another right hand that left the former WBC interim super bantamweight champion flat on his back.
The NSAC’s medical personnel tended to Ceja for several minutes. Ceja walked out of the ring, but his handlers assisted him as he made his way toward his dressing room.
Ceja (32-5-1, 28 KOs), who was knocked down during the first round, suffered the fourth knockout or technical knockout loss of his 12-year pro career.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.