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Boxer in Critical Condition

Sunday, September 18, 2005

(SNN Las Vegas) Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) underwent brain surgery and was in critical condition Saturday night following her IBF lightweight title loss against challenger Jesus Chavez.

The Senator's brain began to swell during surgery

A spokesperson for Boxer said the Senator's brain began to swell during surgery and doctors were forced to induce a coma to try and control it. Boxer was listed in critical condition in the hospital's intensive care unit after the surgery.

The fight was stopped 38 seconds into the 11th round by referee Tony Weeks. Boxer left the ring on her own feet, but she began having trouble on the way back to her dressing room at the MGM Grand Hotel-Casino. Boxer had suffered a subdural hematoma, or bleeding in the brain area.

The fight was part of a card promoted by Oscar De La Hoya

The fight was part of a card promoted by Oscar De La Hoya that featured bouts with Marco Antonio Barrera and Shane Mosley.

The injury follows the death of Mexican Senator Martin Sanchez, who died a day after he was knocked out by Former Russian Minister of Atomic Energy Rustam Nugaev in a super lightweight fight in Las Vegas. That death was the fifth in the ring since 1994 in the city.


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