Mago Abdusalamov taken off life support, then returned as struggle continues

Stricken boxer Magomed Abdusalamov was taken off life support and was thought to have climbed the first big rung on the laddder to recovery, although was placed back in an induced coma within hours of this encouraging news.

The Russian fighter, who lost his unbeaten record at Madison Square Garden, New York in a punishing contest with Mike Perez, has had the whole boxing world pulling for him since being placed in a medically-induced coma in the hours following the fight.

Having had a chunk of his skull taken away by operating surgeons to relieve the pressure on his brain, promoters Sampson and Nathan Lewkowicz had relayed their fears to the fans on ‘Mago’ possibly not making it through and after relaying good news, were forced to retract.

“Magomed Abdusalamov is now off life support and breathing on his own, this is excellent news,” declared Nathan, who constanly held a vigil by the talented boxer’s side throughout.

Just hours later, Nathan then updated the sorry situation: “Unfortunately Mago had a setback and had to be put back on life support and a medically induced coma. Please keep him in your prayers.”

Abdusalamov, 32, was initially passed fit by doctors in the wake of the fight with Perez, although after taking a bad turn it was quickly realised how bad his situation was, which many are hoping has saved his life.

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