This past weekend I was stopped in my tracks, forced to take account on occasion that the sport I use the majority of my time reporting on can hit home with the realities that it’s not all excitement or exuberance.
It instead brought with it sombre thoughts on how the sport can at times be so unforgiving, witnessing both Zab Judah and Felipe Orucuta ending the night in the care of hospital staff following losses to Cletus Seldin and Jonathan Rodriguez respectively.
The outpouring of misinformation commenced, some reporting that Zab had been put into an induced coma, some going further in claiming the family had been called to be by his bedside, all of which was news that was feverishly put out by media that can only be described as click bait, In this regard I allow myself credit as one not to jump the gun on snippets of information which is the reason you won’t see articles on this site based solely on hearsay, this time was no different and a day or two longer is all that was needed to get the full story, Zab was in fact never put in an induced coma, his family didn’t need to be worried unduly and Yesterday Zab Judah was released from hospital with rest the conclusion for a full recovery.
I would now hope that boxing in whatever capacity will now put this particular fighter out to pasture, his best days are far removed no longer the dazzling fighter we once knew him to be but one in which up and coming fighters are looking towards as a measuring stick for their future endeavours, something that we as fight fans no longer care to see.
A few moments of panic were felt by all who watched as the two-time World title challenger Felipe Orucuta collapsed after suffering a tenth round knockout at the hands of Jonathan Rodriguez.
His eyes rolling back in his head as the Medical team around ringside can be the ones thanked for saving the fighters life as the ringside physician administered CPR to restart the fighter’s heart.
I have to admit for the briefest of moments in watching the fight I couldn’t help but to make the comparison’s of watching Gerald McClellan’s demise in his fight with Nigel Benn back in the 90’s, Michael Watson’s life-threatening injuries from the hands of Chris Eubank or the more recently occurrence of Adonis Stevenson to name but a few of countless examples that encapsulates the seriousness of the sport.
Luckily the doctor was successful in reviving Orucata before he was hastily removed from the ring on a stretcher and taken to hospital in Zihuatanejo for assessment.
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In a statement from the WBC, Mauricio Sulaiman said “The World Boxing Council has been in communication with the family of Felipe Orucuta. (Speaking) with the combat supervisor, Dr José Luis Ibarra, as well as with the medical services of the hospital in Uruapan.
“Surgery was performed to remove a blood clot in his brain, which was successful. Felipe will be in an induced coma.
“There will be no additional information during the following 48 hours during the process of evaluating its evolution. We join in prayers.”
These are just a couple of instances for the reasoning why every fighter who steps through the ropes gains my respect as they should yours, whatever the level of competition he/she competes at, sometimes its instances like this that hit home the most in the realisation that beyond the glitz and glamour or the riches which we believe every fighter somehow receives, on the flipside of the coin are dire circumstances of stepping through those ropes, dangers that the fighters are at peace with but from the outside looking in are more than some of us can stomach.
Sorry that this week’s article as strayed away from its regular feature with prayers continuing for the health restored of both fighters.
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