Boxing champ Aidos Yerbossynuly in medically induced coma after knockout punch by challenger David Morrell

Before Saturday night's fight, Yerbossynuly had won each of his 16 professional bouts, and the WBA ranked him as its top super middleweight contender

Boxing champ Aidos Yerbossynuly in medically induced coma after knockout punch by challenger David Morrell
Yerbossynuly suffered a gash across his nose and substantial swelling in his right eye before he was knocked out in the 12th round (Showtime)
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MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA : Aidos Yerbossynuly has been put into a medically-induced coma, according to one of his trainers. Top prospect David Morrell knocked the Kazakh fighter in the 12th round of the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions night from The Armory in Minneapolis. Showtime, in a broadcasted statement, said that Yerbossynuly was transferred to a nearby hospital for additional evaluation following the defeat. Yerbossynuly was put in a coma after surgery, according to Emanuel Savoy, one of the cornermen for the fight and the assistant trainer for Yerbossynuly.

According to NY Post, Yerbossynuly had not fought since September 2021 when he defeated Lennox Allen with a 10th round knockout and this period of inactivity may have affected his performance. A PBC spokesperson said, "Representatives of TGB Promotions and PBC are on the ground in Minneapolis with Aidos' team and we are monitoring the situation closely " Further stating that "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."

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Before Saturday night's fight on November 5, Yerbossynuly had won each of his 16 professional bouts, and the WBA had him ranked as its top 'super middleweight' contender. Nevertheless, as a talented Cuban fighter based in Minneapolis with a secondary WBA title in the 168-pound category, Morrell posed a special challenge. According to the scorecards and punch statistics, Morrell won the fight by a wide margin. While one judge had Yerbossynuly down 108-101 going into the 12th, the other two had him losing every round. Morrell immediately walked over to assist Yerbossynuly in getting to a stool in his corner after first celebrating the victory in the ring.

“I actually had the towel in my hand” said Savoy, who actually wanted the fight to stop in the 10th round. He further said, “Aidos wanted to continue. His head coach (Kanat Orakbaev) wanted him to continue. He evaluated Aidos and said nothing was wrong with him.” However, Yerbossynuly was ultimately defeated in the 12th round by a straight left hand.

CompuBox reports that Morrell defeated Yerbossynuly by a margin of 237-82. More than 70% of Morrell's strikes that connected were powerful blows to the head. As he continued to move forward and attempt to finish the battle, Yerbossynuly suffered a gash across his nose and substantial swelling in his right eye.

Weeks struggled at times to separate the two competitors as Yerbossynuly repeatedly held onto Morrell in the final minute of the round, earning him a one-point deduction. After Weeks docked Yerbossynuly a point, Morrell secured the knockdown with a powerful right hook less than ten seconds later.

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