The news Victor Burgos, one of a long line of glorious Mexican fighters, had emergency brain surgery to remove a clot and ease swelling following his clubbing defeat to Vic Darchinyan this weekend caused the boxing community to hold it’s collective breath. Disaster is always one punch away in boxing and though everyone involved consents to the risk the sport is always scrutinised when a fighter is hospitalised.
Reports suggest the medical staff and procedures in place have offered Burgos the best possible chance of surviving the ordeal, with the transfer to hospital and expert analysis of his injuries all occurring swiftly. A reminder to the need for legislation and regulation of boxing as a sport, the presence of these figures – encouraged in the UK by the delays Michael Watson endured in receiving treatment – is essential whatever the level of competition.
Boxing’s thoughts are with wife Claudia and those close to Burgos.