Boxer Magomed Abdusalamov, hospitalized in New York since suffering a blood clot on the brain following a fight against Mike Perez on Saturday at Madison Square Garden, had a stroke on Monday, his promoter said.
Nathan Lewkowicz, the vice president of Sampson Boxing, said Tuesday that Abdusalamov, 32, the father of three young children, suffered the stroke when his temperature reached 104 degrees. His fever has broken up and his temperature has since returned to normal, Lewkowicz said.
Abdusalamov remains in a coma and is in stable condition in the intensive care unit of New York's Roosevelt Hospital.
"Doctors are optimistic [about a recovery], but with brain injuries, you never know," Lewkowicz said.
Abdusalamov was injured in an outstanding match with Perez in a battle of unbeaten heavyweights who were making their debuts on HBO. He was taken to the hospital as a precaution after the fight, complaining of a hand injuries. But doctors gave him a thorough examination and discovered the blood clot.
Surgery was performed to remove the clot and a portion of his skull was removed to help reduce swelling.
Promoters are setting up the Magomed Abdusalamov Trust to accept donations to help Abdusalamov, his wife and children. Sampson Lewkowicz, the president of Sampson Boxing, said many in the boxing community, including WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, have reached out to help.
"We cannot, as a boxing family, turn our backs on the brave men and women who compete in our sport when they need us most," Sampson Lewkowicz said. "We are going to do everything possible to help him get back on his feet. Magomed will never fight again, but he is a good man and a brave man with a nice family. We are going to make sure they all pull through this intact. That is the right thing to do. Every dollar will help."