Heavyweight boxing champ Wladimir Klitschko is in the middle of a bizarre legal fight … involving a boxer he signed who suffered massive injuries during a recent bout.
Magomed Abdusalamov — a boxer who was signed by Klitschko’s company, K2 Boxing Promotions — suffered permanent brain damage in a November, 2013 bout at Madison Square Garden. Continue reading
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OTL correspondent John Barr interviews Bakanay Abdusalamova, whose husband Magomed suffered severe brain injuries in a November heavyweight bout at Madison Square Garden
Previously undefeated (18-0) heavyweight contender Magomed Abdusalamov lost a 10-round decision after a brutal fight November 2 at Madison Square Garden, suffering broken bones in his face and hand, and a gash above his eye. After New York State Athletic Commission doctors examined him, they didn’t summon an on-site ambulance and he went to the hospital by taxi. Abdusalamov underwent emergency brain surgery and suffered multiple strokes, leaving him in a coma for weeks, and sparking a state investigation of the fight and its aftermath. John Barr reports. Preview Video
“He was receiving lots of painful hits and complaining. I kept on thinking they would stop the fight.” — Mike Perez, who defeated Abdusalamov November 2
“We did not know that there was any kind of head injury at that point. He was showing no signs of any trouble.” — Matt Farrago, Inspector, N.Y. State Athletic Commission, assigned to monitor Abdusalamov the night of the fight
According to a recent report, a Russian boxing promoter as well as vice president of Russian professional boxing federation Andrey Ryabinsky has decided to help Magomed Abdusalamov and his family by covering the majority of the medical expenses accumulated by the fighter while being sustained in a medically induced coma.
“Andrey Ryabinsky decided to pay for the big part of medical bills. Yesterday, with the help of Abdusalamov’s promoter Sampson Lewkowicz, I made contact with the hospital, where Magomed is going through his treatments, to find out what the expenses are.
“It’s like flying on the plane. You never know what’s gonna happen” – Sam Colonna, #1 IBF light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara trainer talks about realities of fighting in the ring, his experiences with fighters brain injuries. Continue reading
The third day of the World Boxing Council’s annual convention was convened Wednesday morning by Executive Director Mauricio Sulaiman, but before any boxing business was discussed at the general assembly meeting, everyone’s thoughts were focused on heavyweight Magomed Abdusalamov of Russia, who was seriously injured in his fight last Saturday night. Continue reading
An outstanding match-up between two undefeated heavyweights has been added to the Middleweight Championship card set for Saturday, November 2 at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden. Mike “The Rebel” Perez and Magomed “Mago” Abdusalamov will clash in the highly anticipated co-feature as was announced today by Tom Loeffler, Managing Director of K2 Promotions.
Televised Live on HBO®, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, the Perez vs. Abdusalamov bout, presented in association with Sampson Boxing LLC, will be the co-feature for the main event between Boxing’s fastest rising superstar, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and world ranked contender Curtis Stevens.
“We’re very excited to announce this terrific clash of these two undefeated, hard punching heavyweights,” said Loeffler. “The fans in the arena and those watching on HBO are the true winners as the winner of this fight will move toward the top of the heavyweight division. “ Continue reading
Reading the back and forth on Twitter between David Haye and Tyson Fury about purse splits to face each other, WBC #4 rated heavyweight contender Magomed “Mago” Abdusalamov (18-0, 18 KOs) has an easy deal to offer the #5, 6 and 7 contenders in his division. Continue reading
On the eve of his next concussive ring appearance, undefeated future heavyweight champion “Mago” Abdusalamov (17-0, 17 KOs) has been elevated to #4 in the latest World Boxing Council (WBC) rankings.
Abdusalamov, the reigning WBC-USNBC Champion, is coming off an impressive stoppage over former Olympian Victor Bisbal on March 8 and heading into a showdown against Argentina’s Sebastian Ceballos (33-7-2, 25 KOs) on April 27 at Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as part of the Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KOs) vs. Martin Murray (25-0-1, 11 KOs) WBC World Middleweight Championship undercard.
The fight against Ceballos will be televised internationally, as Abdusalamov’s star continues to rise.
“Mago is a top contender now,” said his promoter, Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing. “He will only have to win a couple more fights and he will be in a perfect position to begin his championship reign, which will last a long time. I have said this since early in his career. Continue reading
The WBC wishes to express its pride in Magomed “Mago” Abdusalamov, the WBC U.S. heavyweight champion, for his latest win over a strong contender and his activity in putting his title on the line again in only six weeks.
Last week, Mago earned a hard-fought battle over Puerto Rican Olympian Victor Bisbal in a fight telecast across the USA on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights.” Mago increased his undefeated record to 17 wins, all by knockout/TKO, knocking Bisbal down and causing the fight to be stopped in the fifth round.
Abdusalamov proved again that he is willing to challenge all contenders, handing Bisbal only his second loss (and his first since 2006), and now with a record of won 21 (15) – 2. A decorated ring veteran, Bisbal fought on the 2004 Puerto Rican Olympic Team. He also won gold at the 2002 Central American and Caribbean Games and a bronze at the 2003 Pan American Games. Continue reading
Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz wishes to congratulate his undefeated heavyweight powerhouse Magomed “Mago” Abdusalamov (17-0, 17 KOs) for his great victory over former Olympian Victor Bisbal (21-1, 15 KOs) at Resorts Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, last Friday. Continue reading