Felipe Orucuta, the veteran super flyweight and former two-time world title challenger, collapsed in the ring following a TKO loss to Jonathan Rodriguez on Friday in Mexico, and has undergone emergency surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain.
Orucuta, 33, is in a medically-induced coma following the surgery, which was successful. There is footage from FOX Sports Mexico on YouTube, but I’ll warn you that it’s horribly unpleasant to see — and also a cold, hard reminder of the price that can be paid in the ring in any fight.
The WBC tweeted the following:
“The World Boxing Council has been in communication with the family of Felipe Orucuta, with the combat supervisor, Dr. José Luis Ibarra, as well as with the medical services of the hospital in Uruapan. Surgery was performed to remove a blood clot in his brain, which was successful and Felipe will be in an induced coma. There will be no additional information during the following 48 hours during the process of evaluating its evolution. We join in prayers.”
Orucuta (36-6, 30 KO) will not box again. The fight he’s in now is the one for his life.
Bad Left Hook sends our very best to Felipe and his loved ones, and we hope for a full recovery.