Saturday, October 16, 2021

Dominican boxer out of London hospital, in ‘good condition’

MANCHESTER, England (WNN) – Dominican boxer who was hospitalized after a brutal knockout on the undercard for an Anthony Joshua-Alexander Usyk fight was in “good condition”, his boxing manager said on Monday.

Lenin Castillo’s legs appeared to cramp after a massive punch by British rival Callum Smith hit the canvas in the second round of his light-heavyweight bout at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday. Castillo was taken out of the ring on a stretcher and taken to a London hospital.

Event promoter Eddie Hearn eased some initial concern an hour after the incident by saying that Castillo, 33, was “responsive”.

Castillo’s manager, Raul Pastrana, told The Associated Press that Castillo has been discharged from the hospital.

“She is (in) good condition!!!” Pastrana said in a text message on Monday. “He was released after 3 hours of KO. He completed one (scan) and all was well.

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Pastrana said Castillo is still in London.

Knockout occurred in the second round of the fight, and referee Bob Williams called off the fight when he saw Castillo on the canvas. Smith jumped on the ropes in celebration but quickly stopped worrying about his opponent.

“I apologize to his camp for not celebrating,” Smith said on Saturday. “I didn’t realize the extent and was unresponsive. I hate when fighters celebrate when their opponents are in a bad way so I apologized.

“If it were one of my brothers and an antagonist celebrating, I wouldn’t have liked it. It’s sport at the end of the day – there’s more to life than boxing.”

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