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Perez takes first step after tragedy

Heavyweight prospect pained by Abdusalamov injuries, but hopes to carry on

Originally Published: January 16, 2014
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

While heavyweight Magomed Abdusalamov is bedridden at a rehabilitation clinic with a piece of his skull missing because of the emergency brain surgery he underwent in November, and is unable to speak, walk or recognize anyone after having spent more than a month in a coma, the man whose fists put him there will carry on.

Mike Perez, of course, had no malice in his actions. Injuries sometimes happen in a prizefight, and every boxer who steps through the ropes knows that there are risks.

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