Abduslamov hospitalized after loss to Mike Perez
By Allan Fox: #4 WBC Magomed Abdusalamov (18-1, 18 KO’s) has reportedly been hospitalized following his 10 round unanimous decision loss to Cuban Mike Perez (20-0, 12 KO’s) last night at Madison Square Garden in New York. Abduslamov suffered a nose injury, a bad swelling on his left side of his face, a cut over his left eye in the fight. The judges scored it 97-92, 95-94, 97-92 for Perez.
Gabriel Montoya of Maxboxing.com said this on his twitter “I’m told Magomed Abduslamov is in stable condition in the ICU [intensive care unit]. They are hopeful for his recovery…Prayers for Abdusalamov, who is fighting for his life following last night’s loss.”
According to Fightnews.com, Abdusalamov has been put in a medically induced coma at the Roosevelt Hospital in New York. Abdusalamov, 32, suffered a broken nose, cheek and hand in the fight. “Magomed complained of a severe headache several hours after the fight and doctors discovered a small blood clot on his brain.”
It looked like Abduslamov had suffered a jaw injury early in the fight. With the swelling that he had in his jaw, you can make an argument that the ringside doctor should have stepped in and made a decision to have the fight stopped. I don’t recall ever seeing the doctor examining Abduslamov during the fight. It’s possible that he might have, but I didn’t see that happen.
Perez’s heavy punches did a lot of damage to Abduslamov’s face in the fight. It didn’t look like he was landing with a lot of power because his shots were so slow, and they weren’t making a lot of noise when they would land like Abduslamov’s own punches. However, Perez landed so many punches in the fight. He landed 312 of 813 punches and many of them were power shots. Abduslamov landed 240 of 662 punches.
It was an exciting fight from start to finish and one of the better heavyweight matches that HBO has televised in quite some time. Abduslamov was landing some really hard punches in the first quarter of the fight. But he seemed to fade after the 3rd round, and Perez came on with his constant shots. Perez didn’t a lot of eye-catching punches compared to Abduslamov, but he was always hitting him with something, whether it be a jab or a power shot.