The man synonymous with modern in-ring tragedy, Magomed Abdusalamov, is doing exponentially better than any of us could have hoped. Though he still requires considerable amounts of care six years after the traumatic brain injury and subsequent complications he suffered after his loss to Mike Perez, “Mago” is speaking in complete sentences, showing emotion, and doing physical rehab,
Abdusalamov’s injuries, and the medical negligence that almost certainly contributed to them, led to a lawsuit against the New York State Athletic Commission, which resulted in the Dagestani and his family receiving a $22 million-dollar settlement. By all accounts, it’s doing wonders.
Abdusalamov chimes in on family discussions, articulates concerns about the girls leaving the house without sufficiently warm clothing, and he playfully bellows his wife’s nickname, “Baka,” hanging several seconds on the second syllable. To show off his affection, he kissed Abdusalamova’s hand and put his left arm around her waist.
With the financial means to provide for his ongoing care, Abdusalamov has health attendants come on a daily basis and he participates in rehab activities at home and in the area, including at a gym where he eagerly pounds a punching bag with his good left hand. The increase in activity and improvement in his physical condition -- evidenced in greater strength on the left side and the ability to stand with assistance -- have had a marked effect on his mood.
”I live for my family and I love going to the gym,” Abdusalamov said.
Immeasurable props to Bakanay Abdusalamova, who’s fought tooth and nail to take care of her husband during these long years. Hopefully she’ll get even more of Magomed back in the coming years.