Boxer in induced coma after bout in Fredericton
SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Journeyman boxer David Whittom was in an induced coma at Saint John Regional Hospital on Monday following surgery to treat bleeding on the brain after a knockout loss. The 38-year-old was listed in stable condition, said his trainer Francois Duguay. Whittom (12-24-1), a Saint Quentin, N.B. native based in Quebec City, was knocked out in the 10th round of a bout for the Canadian cruiserweight title against Gary Kopas (8-11-2) of Saskatoon in Fredericton on Saturday night.
He got up off the canvas and seemed fine as he left the building with his girlfriend and his mother, Duguay said. But his girlfriend called shortly after they arrived at their hotel to say that Whittom had a severe headache and was sweating and nauseous.
He was taken to hospital in Fredericton and transferred to Saint John when it was determined he had suffered a brain injury. Surgery was performed early Sunday morning. Duguay said doctors considered it progress on Monday that he was deemed fit to undergo a brain scan.