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Did negligence and mismanagement lead to boxers disability?

A few months ago, boxer Magomed “Mago” Abdusalamov was a WBC champ on his way to a chance at the world heavyweight title. Today, the 33-year-old husband and father of three little girls is helpless in a hospital bed, struggling to follow simple commands. He may never walk or talk again.

Mago’s family doesn’t blame Mike Perez, the opponent who delivered punishing blows in a brutal 10 rounds at Madison Square Garden. They blame commission officials, medical personnel and others for “negligence and medical mismanagement” that nearly cost Mago his life. They have filed a civil lawsuit in light of the following:

  • The referee and ring doctors failed to stop the fight as Mago was “unreasonably and violently beaten.”
  • “Improper, untimely and inadequate medical care” by boxing commission doctors exacerbated Mago’s condition. After a rudimentary neurological check, and despite complaints of head pain, they stitched a gash over his eye, noted his broken nose and advised him to see a doctor “in a day or two.” It was not until an athletic commission inspector observed blood in Mago’s urine — suggesting internal bleeding — that his handlers were advised to take him to the nearest hospital.
  • Two ambulances were stationed at the Garden for the fight — yet none was provided. As his condition worsened and he began vomiting, Mago’s team was finally able to flag down a cab which dropped them at the ER waiting room. By the time he was examined, he could barely speak. A CT scan revealed a blood clot causing severe pressure in his brain, and at 1:33 AM — nearly three critical hours after the fight ended — doctors began surgery. Mago Abdusalamov’s life was spared, but he had several strokes and was left in a coma.

In a violent sport like boxing, can an ambitious young man be solely accountable for his own safety? Or are officials and medical personnel required to exercise reasonable care and judgment? If the carelessness or negligence of others has harmed you or a loved one, a California personal injury attorney can help you seek justice.