Sampson Lewkowicz, the promoter of Magomed Abdusalamov, and others in the boxing industry, are establishing a trust fund to raise money for the hospitalized Russian heavyweight, who suffered a career-ending brain injury on Saturday. Abdusalamov is currently on life support after suffering a stroke on Sunday following brain surgery to remove a blood clot.
Heavyweight prospect Magomed Abdusalamov was placed in medically induced coma early Sunday morning as the result of his brutal 10-round bout against Mike Perez on Saturday in New York City, according to BoxingScene.com.
Magomed Abdusalamov faces fellow unbeaten heavyweight Mike Perez on the Golovkin-Stevens undercard on Saturday. RingTV.com caught up with the Russian puncher, who says the heavyweight division lacks excitement and vows to “wake up” the weight class with his aggressive style.
Three-division titlewinner Miguel Cotto is expected to arrive in Las Vegas on Thursday to discuss potential future fights with Top Rank, which promoted last his one-sided third-round TKO of Delvin Rodriguez last Saturday.
HBO’s Jim Lampley on the Florida Commission, judging and Saturday’s Miguel Cotto-Delvin Rodriguez fight: “It is unfair for Florida to be on the griddle for problems that came up in Nevada and California….Now, here they are, basically having to carry water for the whole sport on Saturday night on the subject of judging.”
Undefeated heavyweights Magomed Abdusalamov and Mike Perez have been added to the undercard of the Nov. 2 middleweight clash between WBA beltholder Gennady Golovkin and Curtis Stevens.
Abel Sanchez doesn’t think his middleweight Gennady Golovkin will ever get a shot at RING champ Sergio Martinez: “I think that they’ve made a comment about fighting Gennady Golovkin in about September of 2014. That’s like saying that he doesn’t want to fight him.”
Unbeaten heavyweight Deontay Wilder may have to choose between serving as a sparring partner for David Haye or being ringside for a scouting report on the Seth Mitchell-Chris Arreola fight on Sept. 6.
Mike Tyson will be inducted into the Nevada Hall of Fame on Aug. 10, along with former titleholder Mike McCallum and the late Diego Corrales.
Former heavyweight Eddie Chambers will debut as a cruiserweight on Aug. 3 against South Africa’s hard-hitting Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu.
Undefeated featherweight contender Javier Fortuna and former welterweight beltholder Kermit Cintron will highlight an Aug. 2 card in Miami, Ok., in separate bouts.
A return bout between Sergio Martinez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. would have to include Olympic-style drug testing and take place either in Las Vegas, Atlantic City or New York, according to Martinez’s advisor.
Middleweight contender Matthew Macklin claims that he will handle unbeaten WBA titleholder Gennady Golovkin in similar fashion to how Bernard Hopkins knocked out then-undefeated Felix Trinindad in the 12th round.
Heavyweight Tyson Fury is 12 years younger, six inches taller and will be significantly heavier than his rival Steve Cunningham when they meet on April 20.