Female boxer Alejandra Ayala spoke out for the first time since almost losing her ultimate battle following a fight with Hannah Rankin last month.
Ayala, 33, updated her social media for the first time, simply stating: “Thank God for a new life.” Several responses to the post gave a sigh of relief all around.
It’s been just over a month since Ayala was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery and placed in an induced coma. Reports she had passed away quickly got dismissed by her worried family.
Opponent Rankin was fraught with worry as Ayala fought for her life, with the Mexican awakening some days later. She is now on the road to recovery despite the fact her boxing career is over.
Holding a record of 14-5 going into the Glasgow fight, Ayala had only twice fought in the same company as the Scot. One came in 2017 when Ayala lost every round of eight. The other was a second-round stoppage loss to Savannah Marshall.
Alejandra Ayala speaks
As Ayala posted an image of her stapled scalp, Marshall was one of the first to show her respect for the warrior she is in and out of the ropes.
This time, with a world title on the line, both women gave their all as Rankin successfully defended the WBA super welterweight strap.
However, boxing fades into insignificance when it comes to being able to walk away to live the rest of your life.
Thankfully, Ayala has that moving forward, even if it was touch and go for a while.
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