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Lewkowicz: Mago out of coma, will take 18 months to assess damage

Phil Jay 10/12/2013

Critically injured heavyweight fighter Magomed Abdusalamov has thankfully been awoken from his induced coma, according to promoter Nathan Lewkowicz, yet still faces a future of uncertainty.

Abdusalamov, 32, was the subject of much worry from the boxing fraternity in the immediate aftermath of his unbeaten clash with Mike Perez on November 2 as it was thought the big Russian may not survive a blood clot on his brain.

‘Mago’ has shown exceptional fortitude to battle back from what was major brain surgery, although doctors won’t be able to asses his quality of life for some time yet as Lewkowicz explained.

“Just spoke with Mago’s Neurosurgeon. He’s out of the coma and will be moved to a regular room tomorrow. He’s awake but not fully aware yet they will monitor his progress for the next 17 months. By 18 months since the injury, they can tell how he will be for life,” he said.

The southpaw fought ten brutal rounds with rugged Cuban Perez at Madison Square Garden, with some believing the fight had cause to be stopped before it reached the final bell.

Both men stood toe-to-toe for most of the enthralling battle, after which Abdusalamov was initially given a clean bill of health, which is still the subject of an inquiry by the New York State Athletic Commission.

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