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Monday, November 4, 2013
Perez speaks; Abdusalamov 'stable'

By Dan Rafael
ESPN.com

While Russian heavyweight Magomed Abdusalamov remained "stable" in a medically induced coma Monday following a brain injury suffered in a brutal fight with Mike Perez on Saturday night, Perez spoke out for the first time Monday.

"Mago is in my thoughts and prayers and I hope he recovers quickly," Perez said in a statement. "He fought like a true warrior. I'm happy to be victorious but my main concern is for his health."

Perez won a 10-round unanimous decision against Abdusalamov in an extremely violent slugfest at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York in an HBO-televised bout on the undercard of middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin's defense against Curtis Stevens.

The 32-year-old Abdusalamov (18-1, 18 KOs) suffered an apparent broken left hand and nose during the fight in addition to cuts and bruises. He was taken to Roosevelt Hospital in New York for treatment after the fight. However, he also complained of a headache, and when he was examined at the hospital, a small brain bleed was discovered.

Abdusalamov had brain surgery to remove the blood clot. A small piece of his skull also was removed to relieve the swelling in his brain, and he was placed in a medically induced coma, which is used to help reduce the swelling.

Nathan Lewkowicz, vice president of father Sampson Lewkowicz's promotional company, Sampson Boxing, which promotes Abdusalamov, told ESPN.com on Monday night that Adusalamov's condition remained stable.

"Still stable in [intensive care], and his temperature is down to normal from where it was [Sunday], which was 104," Lewkowicz said.

"Our entire team was very saddened to hear of the injuries that Magomed sustained during his bout on Saturday night," said Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions, Golovkin's promoter, which promoted the card. "He is in our thoughts and prayers and we thank his team for keeping us updated on his condition."

Perez (20-0, 12 KOs), a Cuban defector living in Ireland, took over after the first few rounds and won 97-92, 97-92 and 95-94 on the judges' scorecards.