Video: ESPN Outside the Lines looks at Magomed Abdusalamov injury

ESPN Outside the Lines is set to showcase a special segment on the tragic circumstances surrounding the injury to heavyweight Magomed Abdusalamov.

Right here, you can find a video preview of the segment, and more background on what they will be discussing.

Correspondent John Barr interviews Bakanay Abdusalamova, whose husband Magomed suffered severe brain injuries in a November heavyweight bout at Madison Square Garden. Also joining the discussion will be:

  • Dr. Paul Wallace (Chief Ringside Physician of the California State Athletic Commission, California Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee)
  • Thomas Hauser (Boxing writer & author)

Previously undefeated (18-0) heavyweight contender Magomed Abdusalamov lost a 10-round decision after a brutal fight November 2 at Madison Square Garden, suffering broken bones in his face and hand, and a gash above his eye.

After New York State Athletic Commission doctors examined him, they didn’t summon an on-site ambulance and he went to the hospital by taxi. Abdusalamov underwent emergency brain surgery and suffered multiple strokes, leaving him in a coma for weeks, and sparking a state investigation of the fight and its aftermath. John Barr reports. Preview Video

“He was receiving lots of painful hits and complaining. I kept on thinking they would stop the fight.” — Mike Perez, who defeated Abdusalamov November 2

“We did not know that there was any kind of head injury at that point. He was showing no signs of any trouble.” — Matt Farrago

Learn more about Abdusalamov’s ongoing struggle and the charity set up in his honor here.

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