Heavyweight fighter Magomed Abdusalamov was placed in a medically induced coma as he underwent brain surgery following his first career loss to Mike Perez on Saturday night, Nov. 2.
Dan Rafael of ESPN.com reports the Russian southpaw was in stable condition at an intensive care unit within a New York hospital. He originally was getting checked out for a broken hand and nose after the 10-round Madison Square Garden fight when a blood clot was found and needed treatment, according to Nathan Lewkowicz, vice president of Abdusalamov's promoter Sampson Boxing:
He had surgery to have the blood clot taken out and a small piece of his skull removed to allow the [brain] swelling to go down. After the fight he seemed fine, but they took him to the hospital to check him out and because he wasn't feeling so good.
The New York Post is reporting that he may have suffered a stroke.
Updates from Friday, Feb. 21
ESPN's William Weinbaum and John Barr report that Abdusalamov plans to file a $100 million lawsuit:
The family of brain-damaged Russian heavyweight boxer Magomed Abdusalamov has filed court documents that state its intent to file a $100 million lawsuit against the state of New York and its athletic commission, alleging negligence and medical malpractice.
Abdusalamov, 32, was in a coma for weeks following emergency brain surgery to remove a large blood clot hours after his Nov. 2 Madison Square Garden bout with Mike Perez.