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Fighter undergoes brain surgery following defeat

Fighter undergoes brain surgery following defeat

Mexican flyweight Victor Burgos had brain surgery following his loss to IBF champion Vic Darchinyan on Saturday, Don King Productions spokesman Juan Gonzalez said on Sunday.
The operation to remove a blood clot and relieve swelling was performed at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center shortly after the bout was stopped in the 12th round, with Burgos wobbly and reeling around the ring.
According to a release from Don King Productions, Burgos remained in a medically induced coma, a method used to help reduce swelling around the brain. Doctors said Burgos had shown certain positive signs in the intensive care unit, the release stated.
The 31-year-old Burgos, who lives in Tijuana, fights for Don King Productions, but King was not involved in promoting the fight at the Home Depot Center in Carson.
Darchinyan knocked down Burgos in the second round of their title fight and dominated throughout, with Burgos winning only one round on one of the three judges' cards the entire fight.
Burgos slipped and fell to the canvas during the 12th round, one of many times he slipped down during the bout. When he rose, Darchinyan landed several blows before referee Jon Schorle stopped the fight at 1:27 of the round.
Ringside physician Paul Wallace, noting that Burgos then slumped on his stool in the corner and temporarily lost consciousness, had Burgos taken by ambulance to the hospital.
Burgos' record fell to 39-15-3 with the loss to the undefeated Darchinyan, who is 28-0 with 22 knockouts.
Burgos won the IBF junior flyweight title in 2003, and moved up to the 112-pound flyweight limit, winning twice before he challenged Darchinyan.
Burgos' wife and other family members were at the hospital.
King said in a statement, "I urge everyone to join me in prayer for Victor Burgos and his family. I know he's fighting right now to come through this because a brave fighter is what he has always been."
Burgos became the second Mexican flyweight to undergo brain surgery after a fight in the Los Angeles area within less than two years. Ruben Contreras had an emergency operation on May 28, 2005 soon after he quit in the sixth round of his bout against Brian Viloria at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The 32-year-old Contreras, from Cuidad Juarez, collapsed and had a seizure shortly after his fight and was taken to California Hospital Medical Center, where he underwent surgery to relieve pressure from bleeding on his brain.
Contreras recovered and in a news conference some 10 weeks after the fight, he said he was grateful that he had stopped in the sixth round of the scheduled eight-round bout.
"I felt that something was wrong," Contreras said through a translator. "God told me to stop. If I hadn't stopped, I probably wouldn't be here today."


Updated : 2021-10-18 00:09 GMT+08:00