Boxer in in­duced coma af­ter bout in Fred­er­ic­ton

Cape Breton Post - - Sports -

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.

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