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Oscar Diaz update: doctor says he's "likely to survive"

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Good news from the reports on Oscar Diaz: the San Antonio welterweight is "likely to survive" the post-op effects of his brain surgery, though he does remain in a coma in his hometown.

"The brain is back to its normal size and position, and the swelling has gone down," said Donna Duva-Brooks, Diaz's promoter, who has been with Diaz at San Antonio's University Hospital since he collapsed after the 10th round of his ESPN2-televised "Wednesday Night Fights" main event. "He was operated on within two hours of the injury and the doctor said it was of great benefit how fast they were able to get him to the hospital.


"Oscar's vital signs are good and he has been showing slight improvement each day. Doctors say it could take up to a week to come out of the coma. We are encouraged by the news that the swelling in his brain is gone and we're all praying for him and taking it day by day."

It's great to hear that Diaz is in better shape. It was a scary, scary scene that night, and I think we all feared the worst after the initial reports came back from the hospital. To hear that he'll most likely survive this and get on with his life -- with or without boxing -- is nothing short of wonderful.

Best of luck, Oscar, and get well soon.

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