Brain bleed likely finishes Filipino boxer's U.S. career

Lightweight Czar Amonsot of the Philippines, who suffered a subdural hematoma -- bleeding on the brain -- during his decision loss to Michael Katsidis last Saturday night at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, was released from Valley Medical Center on Wednesday, Golden Boy Promotions announced.

Amonsot, 21, was knocked down in the second and 10th rounds of the brutal slugfest and lost a unanimous decision to Katsidis in an interim lightweight title bout on the Bernard Hopkins-Winky Wright undercard.

After the fight, ringside medical personnel sent Amonsot (18-3-1, 10 KOs) to the hospital as a precaution. The small brain bleed was discovered during an MRI exam.

"Czar has been released from the hospital and will arrive back in Manila on Saturday morning," manager Michael Aldaguer said.

Under Nevada rules, any fighter suffering a subdural hematoma, no matter how small, can't be licensed in the state. Amonsot's career, at least in the United States, is probably over.

"All of us at Golden Boy are really happy that he has been released from the hospital without serious injury," said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "We would like to thank all of the boxing fans who have supported Czar and his family with their thoughts and prayers over the past few days."

Another fighter on the card, former junior featherweight titleholder Oscar Larios of Mexico, also suffered a minor subdural hematoma during his interim featherweight title fight against Jorge Linares.

Larios (59-6-1, 37 KOs), who was knocked out in the 10th round, was released from the hospital on Sunday. He has announced his retirement after a 13-year professional career.

Dan Rafael is the boxing writer for ESPN.com.