Gutknecht in induced coma after surgery
BERLIN: Boxer Eduard Gutknecht has been placed in an induced coma in a London hospital after undergoing emergency surgery, a German boxing official said yesterday. The 34-year-old, who was born in Kazakhstan but fights out of Germany, was rushed to hospital and had brain surgery after he fell gravely ill in the changing rooms immediately following his super-middleweight defeat to George Groves at Wembley Arena on Friday. “He was placed in an artificial coma, that’s normal with this type of surgery,” Thomas Puetz, president of the German professional boxing federation, told SID, an AFP subsidiary. Gutknecht took plenty of punishment before Groves, 28, was declared a unanimous points winner on the three judges’ scorecards. A cut opened by Gutknecht’s swollen left eye in the ninth round but he made it through to the final bell and appeared to be taking everything in as the judges’ scores were announced. It was his fifth defeat in 36 fights.