Boxer taken to hospi­tal af­ter match

Re­ports: Colon had bleed­ing on brain af­ter bout in Fair­fax

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - BY GENE WANG gene.wang@wash­post.com

Boxer Prichard Colon was taken to Inova Fair­fax hospi­tal early Satur­day evening af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dizzi­ness and vom­it­ing in his dress­ing room and, ac­cord­ing to mul­ti­ple re­ports, un­der­went surgery for bleed­ing on the brain as a re­sult of his bout against Ter­rel Wil­liams.

Sev­eral of those re­ports also in­di­cated Colon was in a coma fol­low­ing the op­er­a­tion, cit­ing fam­ily mem­bers’ up­dates from the hospi­tal. It’s un­clear whether the coma was med­i­cally in­duced.

Colon was fight­ing on the un­der­card of La­mont Peter­son’s ma­jor­ity de­ci­sion over Felix Diaz at Ea­gleBank Arena in Fair­fax. The pre­vi­ously un­de­feated Puerto Ri­can was dis­qual­i­fied be­fore the start of the 10th and fi­nal round for the first loss of the 154-pounder’s ca­reer.

In one of the more pe­cu­liar se­quences even for boxing, Colon’s cor­ner be­gan re­mov­ing his gloves af­ter the ninth round, ap­par­ently un­aware the fight had not ended. Even­tu­ally re­al­iz­ing there was an­other round left, Colon’s cor­ner tried to get his gloves back on, but too much time had passed, and referee Joseph Cooper sig­naled for a dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Colon (16-1, 13 knock­outs) was be­hind on the score­cards dur­ing a fight in which he re­ceived a two-point de­duc­tion in Round 5 for a low blow.

Wil­liams left no doubt about his su­pe­ri­or­ity by send­ing Colon down twice in the ninth round. The sec­ond knock­down came sec­onds be­fore the bell, and Colon ap­peared woozy and in­co­her­ent.

Dur­ing the fight, Colon com­plained to Cooper about get­ting hit with punches to the back of his head. At one point, Colon, 23, had to take a lengthy pe­riod in the mid­dle of a round to col­lect him­self. Cooper later de­ducted one point from Wil­liams (15-0, 12 KOs) in Round 7 for a rab­bit punch.

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