Just over one month after stopping Guyana’s former world champion, Vivian Harris, September 11 last,
Puerto Rican fighter, Prichard Colon, is now battling for his life after he was knocked out by Terrel Williams in a bout in Washington, D.C., suburb of Fairfax, Virginia, last Sunday evening.
Colon was deemed a rising star with stunning power in both hands and had out-boxed Harris, sending him to the canvass before stopping him in the 4th round to improve his record to 16-0, with 13 coming from KOs. Sunday’s fight was the first time that he has lost a fight.
President of the promotions group, DiBella Entertainment, said that Colon underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain after the conclusion of the bout. The report continued that Colon appeared to be fine after he left the ring but subsequently showed worrying symptoms in his dressing room. He was rushed to Inova Fairfax hospital and underwent immediate surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. The stricken boxer reportedly suffered brain bleed as a result of an injury during the bout and is now under the care of emergency medical technicians.
The fight had all the ingredients of a world title affair but was marred after both boxers were cited for illegal tactics. In the 5th round, Prichard struck his opponent in the groin in what the referee ruled was an intentional act and discounted two points from his score. The ‘no holds barred’ affair saw both pugilists vengefully going after each other. Prichard then received some consolation 2 rounds later when, during close combat, his opponent delivered a rabbit punch that landed behind his head and sent him writhing to the canvass. The referee was a bit apprehensive, took some time, but eventually ruled that the blow was intentional and deducted a point from Williams’ score.
The two boxers resumed at a frenetic pace, each attempting to inflict maximum pain to the other. Colon was knocked down twice in the ninth round, the second time just before the bell by a right hand and when the penultimate round ended, Williams was touted to be unofficially ahead on the judges’ scorecard.
Prichard returned to his corner but shortly afterwards, it was noted that his handlers were removing his gloves triggering speculations that he had quit. Shortly afterwards they claimed that they thought that the previous round was the 10th and that the fight had ended.
Confusion reigned as Prichard’s handlers, upon realizing their mistake, frenetically attempted to repair the damage and hastily attempting to re-tie the laces of their fighter’s glove when the referee, Joseph Cooper, ruled that the fight was ended and awarded the bout to Williams.
Prichard exited the ring and appeared to be fine but shortly afterwards, while in the dressing room, showed symptoms and was rushed to the Inova Fairfax hospital. “He was diagnosed with bleeding to the brain and underwent immediate surgery to relieve pressure on his brain,” DiBella said in a statement. “His condition remains critical.” He said that the stricken fighter is under the care of emergency medical technicians.
Colon was undefeated in 16 fights and favored against Williams in the semi-main event that was televised by NBC.
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