Boxer Moises Fuentes Suffered A Brain Injury After Being Brutally Knocked Out Last Sunday

Moisés Fuentes underwent emergency surgery after receiving a brutal knockout in his fight against David “General” Cuéllar. Source AFP

In yet another black eye for boxing, last Sunday, boxer Moises Fuentes had emergency surgery to contain swelling on his brain, as it was discovered he had a blood clot after his knockout loss to undefeated David Cuellar.

Fuentes, 36, had not fought in three years and had been coming off of a string of knockout defeats when he challenged Cuellar.   Those who attended the event life and watched it on ESPN witnessed Fuentes take a slacking.  And in round 6, Cuellar (20-0, 13 KOs) fired a blitzing two-punch combination that knocked Fuentes unconscious.  After the fight, Fuentes (25-7-1, 14 KOs) was placed on a stretcher and taken to the hospital.  Fuentes’ promoter Oswaldo Kuchle told ESPN. 

“His surgery went well; we believe that we could have more information in a couple of days. The next 72 hours is very critical to see how he recuperates from swelling in the brain. Right now, he’s stable. There’s nothing to do but wait and see how he comes out of this.”

Fuentes remains in a medically induced coma at Hospital in Cancun, Mexico.  As ESPN writer Mike Coppinger noted in his article, “The traumatic brain injury is the latest in a long string of such in-ring incidents in boxing. In July 2019, Maxim Dadashev died following a TKO loss to Subriel Matias,” wrote Mike Coppinger.  In October of that year, Patrick Day succumbed to injuries suffered in a KO loss to Patrick Day. Adonis Stevenson, a former light heavyweight champion, suffered a TBI (traumatic brain injury) in a 2018 KO defeat to Oleksandr Gvozdyk. After a lengthy hospital stay, he recovered and is speaking and walking.”

Several weeks ago, I reported on an 18-year-old female boxer who lost her life after a fight.

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