As we previously reported, boxer Magomed Abdusalamov has been in a medically-induced coma since his HBO fight Saturday night with Mike Perez. The latest update to his condition is, sadly, not a good one.
BoxingScene.com reports that Abdusalamov is now on life support as his condition has worsened. Shortly after being put into the coma, his condition stabilized. However, he has since suffered a stroke, resluting in his current condition.
The boxing community has come together in their support for Abdusalamov and have set up a fund to help with his medical bills (via BoxingScene):
"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 in a statement released 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."
"We cannot, as a boxing family, turn our backs on the brave men and women who compete in our sport when they need us most," Lewkowicz continued." We are going to do everything possible to help him get back on his feet. Magomed will never fight again, but he is a good man and a brave man with a nice family. We are going to make sure they all pull through this intact. That is the right thing to do. Every dollar will help."
Details on contributing to the fund can be found here. The WBC has already pledged $50,000 towards the fund.
Mike Perez, Abdusalamov's opponent Saturday night, released the following statement:
‘Mago' is in my thoughts and prayers and I hope he recovers quickly. He fought like a true warrior, I'm happy to be victorious but my main concern is for his health.
We will continue to update you on Abdusalamov's condition. Until then, please join us in sending your thoughts out to Mago and his family.