Featherweight boxer Daniel Franco is fighting for his life following a match on Saturday night.
Franco was facing off against Jose Haro at WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa. The bout was televised on the CBS Sports Network with Franco suffering a brutal knockout loss in the eighth round.
After the fight, Franco was taken to the hospital where he underwent brain surgery to stop bleeding in his brain.
He remains in a coma on Sunday.
“At this point the doctors have told us the next 48 hours will be critical in regards to him making a complete recovery,” manager Ray Chaparro said in a statement to ESPN.com. “We ask for prayers from the boxing community at this time.”
The 25-year-old Franco is represented by Roc Nation Sports, who issued a statement on the matter.
“Roc Nation’s thoughts and prayers are with Daniel Franco and his family during this critical recovery period. He is a tenacious talent and champion, and will always have our support,” Roc Nation’s president and chief of branding and strategy Michael Yormark said.
Franco holds a professional record of 16-2-3, with 11 knockouts.
Hopefully Franco will be able to full recover from the injuries suffered in Saturday’s loss.
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