Gutknecht in in­duced coma af­ter surgery

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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.

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