Russian boxer files New York lawsuit over injuries – report
MOSCOW, February 28 (RAPSI) - A lawyer representing Russian boxer Magomed Abdusalamov filed a lawsuit alleging recklessness, gross negligence, and medical malpractice, in connection with a November match in New York City’s Madison Square Garden that left the fighter badly injured, US sports network ESPN reported Thursday.
In November 2013, RAPSI’s sister agency R-Sport reported that Abdusalamov had lost his title to Cuba’s Mike Perez in a match in Madison Square Garden.
A fund has been established by Abdusalamov’s promoter and others in the industry to help alleviate the cost of medical care, according to website Max Boxing. A statement detailing the fund on the website reads, “32-year-old Abdusalamov had to have emergency surgery to remove a blood clot, and part of his skull had to be removed to reduce swelling, following his brutal 10-round war against Mike Perez at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, on Saturday, November 2.”
According to ESPN, Abdusalamov’s lawyer filed a lawsuit Wednesday against various parties, including five doctors working with the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC), a referee, the NYSAC inspector, Madison Square Garden, and KS Promotions.
The lawsuit alleges that the actions of the defendants resulted in Abdusalamov’s permanent brain damage and disability, severe pain and suffering, and future medical care. Specific monetary damages sought were not specified.
After suffering the first knockdown of his professional career, Abdusalamov told RIA Novosti in September 2012, “It's nothing awful. Boxing is boxing… So now I know what a knockdown is. That's not happened in my career before.”