Boxer Magomed Abdusalamov, 32, who has been in a medically induced coma and on life support in a New York hospital since his brutal fight against Mike Perez on Nov. 2nd, is expected to be awakened from the coma by the end of the weeks.
His chances of survival are almost certain, Abdusalamov's promoter has confirmed.
Doctors at Roosevelt St. Luke's Hospital, who initially gave the Russian heavyweight fighter almost no chance of survival, have revised their prognosis, after he underwent a CAT scan and reflex test on Wednesday, and are now saying his condition has improved, according to Nathan Lewkowicz of Sampson Promotions.
“They've never seen anything like this, based on the fact that a week ago they were pretty certain he wasn't going to make it, and today, they're pretty certain he's going to survive,” Lewkowicz told USA TODAY Sports Wednesday night.
“They did the CAT scan and the reflex test, and from what they're saying, (doctors) are pretty bullish on the fact that he's going to be surviving this.
“They're hoping to wake him up in the next few days,” Lewkowicz said. “That's a big improvement from last week, when it was almost a 100% chance he was going die.”
Lewkowicz said doctors are still unsure of what Abdusalamov's state of being will be in once he wakes up from the coma, and what happens concerning the life support, that doctors have said have been keeping the boxer alive since Nov. 3rd.
“There's a possibility that he might have trouble speaking,” Lewkowicz said.
“There's a possibility he could be blind. There are many different variables they're not going to know until they wake him up.”
The boxer's wife, Bakanay, will move her family (three daughters) to Greenwich, Conn., living with a cousin initially and eventually finding an apartment to be near her husband, Lewkowicz said. Abdusalamov's brother has been sleeping on a chair in the hospital room from the beginning, keeping a vigil.
Lewkowicz said he thinks the many prayers for the fighter are being answered “I think it's working, to be honest,” the promoter said. “I'm not really that religious a person. But it's pretty crazy what's been going on the last week, where it's a complete 180 from expecting him to go, to now he's going to survive.”