Denis Boytsov awake, 33kg lighter and faces relearning how to walk and talk

Denis Boytsov

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Stricken Denis Boytsov is facing a massive struggle in his life after reports in Germany state that the former heavyweight star’s condition is worse than expected following two major skull surgeries.

Although the 29 year-old is awake, according to Berliner Kurier, Boytsov has no movement and is still being fed through a tube. Early indications are that Boytsov will also have to learn to walk and talk all over again.

Boytsov spent seven weeks in an induced coma having been found in an underground tunnel between two subway stations with serious head injuries and German police are still none-the-wiser as to what actually happened to the fighter.

The good news is that the Russian is breathing on his own, although Boytsov is now down to a staggering 70 kilos in weight after dropping dramatically from 103 and faces a third life-threatening surgery in the near future.

Wife Olga, who is pregnant with his child, is hoping her husband will be able to recollect what happened once he regains his speech, but believes Boytsov could have been a victim of a revenge attack after partying into the early hours.

With a record of 36-1 and having held fringe titles with the WBO, WBA and WBC, Boytsov was tipped as a potential world top division champion, although now faces a fight just to be able to use his limbs again in utterly tragic circumstances for him and his family.