By Jake Donovan (photo by Nancy Rodriguez/WBC)
Six weeks after suffering career-ending injuries which nearly cost him his life, Felipe Orucuta scored his greatest victory yet.
The two-time super flyweight title challenger from Mexico has shown his greatest signs of improvement since undergoing emergency surgery to have a blood clot removed from his brain last June.
The near-fatal injury stemmed from a 10th round knockout loss to countryman Jonathan Javier Rodriguez last June in his hometown of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Mexico.
He showed the first signs of improvement days after the emergency surgery. Developments over the weekend has his family breathing a welcomed sigh of relief.
“Thanks to God, the love and support of his family, friends, Boxing community and the passion and dedication of all the doctors, today we see Felipe Orucuta recovering completely,” Mauricio Sulaiman, president of World Boxing Council (WBC) revealed through a statement from Orucuta’s family. “Of course he would because he is a Champion of life!”
Orucuta (36-6, 30KOs) came up just short in two shots at then-reigning super flyweight titlist Omar Narvaez. Both fights took place in Narvaez’s native Argentina, where he was considered extremely fortunate to escape with a split decision win and his title still intact following their first bout in May 2013.
The rematch was a bit more decisive, with the visiting challenger failing to capture the same magic that came in his first bid although still offering a credible account of himself in their Sept. 2014 sequel. He’d never come any closer to returning to that stage, suffering sound defeats to countrymen Jose Cayetano and Juan Francisco Estrada among his 10 fights following his title run.
It all pales in comparison to his latest heroic triumph.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox