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    By Thomas Hauser - At 10:00 pm on November 2nd, Russian heavyweight Magomed Abdusalamov entered the ring at Madison Square Garden to fight Mike Perez. The following morning, Abdusalamov was in a coma following the removal of a portion of his skull and other surgical procedures to treat bleeding and swelling in his brain. As of this writing, doctors dont know whether or not he will survive. If he does, its possible that he will never talk, see, or walk again.

    Everyone agrees that what happened to Abdusalamov is a tragedy. How it happened has been distorted in the retelling.

    An unnamed source at the New York State Athletic Commission (which had jurisdiction over the fight) told the New York Daily News, We did everything we were supposed to do that night. He never said anything was wrong. After the fight, he went back to the audience and was watching the main event. [Click Here To Read More]

  • #2
    Shame on the hospital that only took him seriously after Boris shouted that he was a fighter from madison square garden.


    • #3
      That's boxing in a nutshell - takes a lot of people to run it not very well.


      • #4
        Well researched article. There are a lot of people at fault over Mago's treatment that night. It was obvious he was distressed and not responding properly, the first call of duty was his corner who should have definitely stopped the fight. He was not responding to their questions and his body language and physical appearance made it obvious he was distressed. As for the post fight care - shocking. What's the point of having doctors there if they can't diagnose or properly examine a wounded fighter? The cheapass insurance from K2, the ineptitude of the hospital staff making a brain injury victim wait, all added up to this tragic outcome.

        I sincerely hope the big guy makes it through with all of his faculties intact and the organizers, HBO, K2 etc pick up his medical bills and retirement fund. Its the least they could do.


        • #5
          At the end of round eight, referee Harvey Dock followed Curtis to his corner and told trainer Andre Rozier, “That’s it.”
          Actually, the referee said it more like a question and waited until the trainer said "yes" before he stopped it.

          As far as the Cotto-Foreman fight, it wasn't a life threatening injury and Foreman was still fighting back, the ref doesn't have to stop it when you throw the towel so Mercante used his prerogative to let the fight continue.

          Just like with the rumors about Mayweather's dirty tests, Hauser is once again making unfounded assumptions and overreaching with his conclusions. Should fighters be systematically sent to the hospital for any type of injury? That would be ideal sure, but that wouldn't have changed what happened. They would have stitched Abdusalamov up at the hospital and they would have given him that same test with the numbers, which he passed. Now if you implement a mandatory CT scan for fighters who take a lot of punches then that would make a real difference, we should focus on that instead of playing the blame game.


          • #6
            Damn this sucks. Makes me feel bad for rooting against him when the fight was happening.


            • #7
              Smh @ the entire situation...

              And not getting appropriate attention until it was mentioned he was a "fighter from Madison Square Garden"

              Hope Mago makes it.


              • #8
                Very good article.

                I didn't realise his nose was broken by a forearm. Watching, it seemed like the fight should have been stopped in Round 7, but obviously knowing that, it really should have been stopped sooner.

                Medical insurance is a big issue to be addressed too if 10k doesn't even cover a CT scan and fixing a broken nose.
                Last edited by Weebler I; 11-22-2013, 10:10 AM.


                • #9
                  NYSAC so cheap; remember how they screwed Joey Gamache???...wouldn't take much on Latham's part to up the amount...I have read some states require 2 ambulances, in that if 1 fighter is being transported, there's another1 ready for the next fight...


                  • #10
                    A great way to circumvent the quitting stigma is to simply stop mic'ing the corner or just don't show it all together. This way the fighter and trainer can speak honestly to each other without worrying about the public judging them. If a fighter wants to stop, the trainer will be able to stop it himself without everyone knowing it was the fighter's decision. I would rather have a minute of round highlights over boring corner work anyway.

                    Originally posted by Thomas Hauser
                    But the New York State Athletic Commission requires only a $10,000 medical insurance policy for fighters and no death benefit
                    Don't thinks this is correct. It's a $7,500 medical insurance policy and a $100,000 death benefit according to the laws and regulation on the NYSAC website.

                    8928-a. Duty to provide insurance for licensed
                    boxers and professional wrestlers.

                    1. All persons, parties or corporations having
                    licenses as promoters or who are licensed in
                    accordance with section 28-b of this act shall
                    continuously provide insurance for the protection of
                    licensed boxers and professional wrestlers, appearing
                    in boxing bouts or wrestling exhibitions. Such
                    insurance coverage shall provide for reimbursement to
                    the licensed athlete for medical, surgical and hospital
                    care, with a minimum limit of seven thousand five
                    hundred dollars for injuries
                    sustained while
                    participating in any program operated under the
                    control of such licensed promoter and for a payment of
                    one hundred thousand dollars to the estate of any
                    deceased athlete
                    where such death is occasioned by
                    injuries received in this state during the course of a
                    program in which such licensed athlete or professional
                    wrestler participated under the promotion or control of
                    any licensed promoter. The commission may from time
                    to time, in its discretion, increase the amount of such
                    minimum limits.
                    Last edited by DoktorSleepless; 11-22-2013, 07:05 AM.