Roc Nation Sports’ featherweight fighter Daniel Franco (16-2-3, 11 KOs) remains in a coma following a surgery to stop two brain bleeds he suffered in a knockout loss this past weekend. Franco fought Jose Haro in the main event of CBS Sports Network card on Saturday night in a fight where Franco would be knocked out in vicious fashion, requiring his near immediate hospitalization. ESPN received this statement from Franco’s manager on his current condition:
"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, who accompanied Franco to the hospital, said in a statement. "We ask for prayers from the boxing community at this time."
Franco, 25, ate a lot of right hands throughout the fight, including a big one in the sixth round which stunned him. Franco would be dropped just a couple rounds later by another overhand right in the eighth, but would beat the count and continue. Yet moments later he would be caught once again by another right hand that would put him face flat on the canvas. At that point the referee immediately called off the fight.
Franco appeared to be okay in the immediate aftermath of the fight, but after the official fight results were announced he would lay back down on the mat and needed to be taken off on a stretcher and immediately rushed to a hospital. He was diagnosed with two separate brain bleeds and ultimately required emergency surgery.
With Franco still in a coma, we wish all the best to him and his family - praying for a full and speedy recovery. Franco has a fundraising page here for anyone who would like to help out.