BOXER Aidos Yerbossynuly has been placed in a medically-induced coma following his brutal knockout loss to David Morrell Jr.
The Kazakhstani was beaten in the final round of his bout against Morrell, where he suffered repeated damage.
According to Dan Rafael, Yerbossynuly was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center for evaluation.
He remained hospitalised on Sunday night in a medically induced coma due to bleeding on the brain.
PBC and TGB Promotions said in a statement: “Representatives of TGB Promotions and PBC are on the ground in Minneapolis with Aidos’ team and we are monitoring the situation closely.
“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 its thoughts and prayers.”
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A bloodied Yerbossynuly, 30, was floored twice in the final round before referee Tony Weeks waved off the contest.
It has left the boxing community wishing the super-middleweight a quick recovery.
Promoter Lou DiBella said: "Pray for Aidos Yerbossynuly. He needs our prayers and healing energy.
"This was foreseeable by the middle of last night’s fight, which was damn frightening to watch by the 8th round."
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Ex-world champion Yordenis Ugas, 36, tweeted: "This news hurts all boxers. We go up and judge our lives by our families, our fans.
"You can question the performance of any fighter as a fan, but never disrespect.
"The greatest victory of a fighter will always be to get down with his feet from up there. Praying for you champ."
George Kambosos Jr, 29, added: "Keep fighting champ!"
Morrell's trainer Ronnie Shields admitted Yerbossynuly should have been pulled from the bout much earlier.
Shields told BoxingScene: “That fight should’ve been stopped sooner. They let this kid take way too much punishment.
"But even the referee, and Tony Weeks is a really good ref, but sometimes you’ve gotta go to the corner and say, ‘Hey man, y’all need to stop this.’
"And that’s when [Yerbossynuly] started fighting dirty, because he didn’t wanna get knocked out.”
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Shields added: “It was all pride. I commend the guy for taking all that punishment, but you’ve gotta save guys from themselves.
"He took way too many punches. And you know what? This kid might never be able to fight again. That’s how bad it was.”
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