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Iran Barkley suffers stroke, in "fair" condition

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"The Blade" suffered a seizure and collapsed at his home Wednesday before being taken to Lincoln Medical Center and diagnosed with a stroke.

Dimitrios Kambouris

Former middleweight, super middleweight, and light heavyweight champ Iran Barkley is recovering at Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx from a stroke he suffered on Wednesday. He had what's being called a minor seizure and collapsed at home where his girlfriend found him and called for help.

His niece Barbara Wilder told the New York Daily News that he's "doing fair," eating, walking, and talking.

"He’s good, he’s talking, he still looks like Iran," Wilder said in a phone interview on Thursday. "He can walk around and everything. He’s going to be here for a couple of days but he’s doing well. He’s alert."

Apparently, Barkley was under a lot of stress due to the illness of a brother and another niece which led to the episode. "He was stressed out," explained Wilder. "He never had any health problems before."

Barkley is expected to stay at Lincoln Medical Center for several days for observation. Here's hoping the champ enjoys a full recovery.