Manager Boris Grinberg said he is seeing signs of improvement in Magomed Abdusalamov, the Russian boxer who is in an induced coma and on life support at Roosevelt Hospital in New York City following his Saturday bout against Mike Perez at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.
"I am proud of American medicine," Grinberg told me on the phone. "I know you have the Obamacare thing going on but I am proud."
He said that he was quite nervous as the 32-year-old Abdusalamov underwent brain surgery to remove a blood clot Sunday around 3 a.m. The surgery took 2 1/2 hours, Grinberg said, and he was told by doctors that the next 24-48 hours after that would be crucial for the fighter, for his survival prospects. By 9 p.m. Sunday, Grinberg said, doctors informed him that they saw some improvement in Abdusalamov.
The manager said his son rushed Abdusalamov to the hospital in a cab, and then convinced personnel that the 6-foot-3, 231 pound boxer needed to be seen immediately. He seemed cautiously optimistic that Abdusalamov, who entered the Perez fight unbeaten at 18-0, would mend. Grinberg noted that Abdusalamov's left eye, which was cut during the fight and received stitching after the bout in the dressing room, is healing.
"I am happy he survived," Grinberg told me. "There is improvement. His eye is almost healed, that tells me his body is working."
NOTE: Those wishing to donate, to help defray costs, can send a check to Abdusalamov's wife:
PO BOX 90174
Brooklyn, NY 11209