Aidos Yerbossynuly was put into a medically induced coma following a brutal knockout loss on Saturday, Nov. 5, one of the boxer’s trainers told ESPN.
David Morrell knocked out Aidos Yerbossynuly in the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions night from The Armory in Minneapolis in the 12th round.
According to the Showtime broadcast, Yerbossynuly was taken to a nearby hospital for additional testing following the defeat.
Emanuel Savoy, Yerbossynuly’s assistant trainer, reported that the fighter underwent surgery on Sunday and was put into a coma.
“Representatives of TGB Promotions and PBC are on the ground in Minneapolis with Aidos’ team and we are monitoring the situation closely,” a PBC spokesperson said in a statement.
“Out of respect for he and his family’s privacy, we can’t share any details, but we ask the boxing community to keep him in your thoughts and prayers.”
Before this past Saturday, Yerbossynuly had won each of his 16 professional contests, and the WBA had him ranked as its top super middleweight contender.
“He’s a great guy,” Savoy said. “I don’t even want to talk about it no more because I’m sick to my stomach at this point. I just hope for a speedy recovery for Aidos.”