Brain-damaged Russian heavyweight boxer Magomed Abdusalamov “is doing better” and “definitely improving” in rehabilitation at the Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, N.Y., the fighter’s attorney, Paul Edelstein informed RingTV.com on Wednesday.
“I’m not really giving out updates like this to everybody that is calling but he is doing better and he’s definitely improving. He’s more aware of what is going on but he’s not speaking and he’s not walking,” said Edelstein.
“He can move. He moves his hands and he moves his head but he can’t walk. He can’t stand up. He definitely has an awareness of what is going on around him, but he can not speak.”
Edelstein is representing the family of Abdusalamov, which filed a lawsuit in March against multiple parties – including five New York State Athletic Commission doctors and New York’s Madison Square Garden – alleging recklessness, gross negligence and medical malpractice.
“The case is in suit. It’s just getting started,” said Edelstein. “It’s really at the very beginning stages, so there is nothing really to report.”
Abdusalamov, 33, suffered brain trauma during a brutal beating by Mike Perez during an HBO-televised 10-round fight on November 2 at Madison Square Garden. Abdusalamov was placed in a medically induced coma by doctors at New York’s St. Luke’s Hospital until December 10.
Abdusalamov, who suffered a broken jaw and hand during the bout, complained to his corner about feeling pain in those areas throughout much of the contest. He also complained to commission doctors that he was experiencing pain in his head immediately after the fight.