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Kiwi boxer in serious condition

A New Zealand boxer is recovering from brain surgery after losing a light-heavyweight bout at the weekend.

Daniel McKinnon needed emergency surgery for life-threatening injuries after losing to Robert Berridge in a WBO Oriental title fight on Saturday.

By Sunday morning, the 30-year-old McKinnon was listed in a serious but stable condition in Hamilton's Waikato Hospital. However, it was reported later that he was doing well and was able to speak.

McKinnon and Berridge were both knocked down during the fight, which Berridge won by a technical knockout in the tenth round.

McKinnon complained of a headache about 15 minutes after the fight and was rushed to hospital where doctors operated immediately.

His manager, Ken Reinsfield, said on Sunday McKinnon's condition had improved after surgery "but he is not out of the woods. He's doing better this morning than he was last night."

Magomed Abdusalamov, a Russian heavyweight, is still in an induced coma two weeks after his fight against Mike Perez in New York. The 32-year-old also underwent surgery after taking a number of heavy blows during the bout at Madison Square Garden.

In Mexico, Jose Carmona left the ring on a stretcher after being knocked out by veteran Jorge Arce in a featherweight bout at the weekend. The fight ended in the eighth round and Arce later asked fans to pray for his opponent, who was reported to be in a serious condition.


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