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David Morrell sends message of support to Aidos Yerbossynuly who remains in an induced coma

David Morrell (right) land on Aidos Yerbossynuly. Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime

WBA ‘regular’ super middleweight titleholder David Morrell 8-0 (7) has issued a message of support to opponent Aidos Yerbossynuly 16-1 (11) who he stopped in the 12th round of their contest at The Armory in Minneapolis, Minnessota on Saturday night.

Kazakhstan’s Yerbossynuly, 30, took a beating for much of the fight and was dropped twice in the final round. After the second knockdown referee Tony Weeks waved off the fight without a count.

With Yerbossynuly clearly dazed and confused, Weeks lifted him up to help him back to his corner. In a sign of good sportsmanship, Morrell assisted too.

Yerbossynuly made it back to the change rooms on his feet but was later taken to Hennepin County Medical Center for evaluation where he was found to have suffered a subdural hematoma. Sugery was reportedly performed and he was placed into an induced coma.

Cuban southpaw Morrell, 24, wrote on social media: “It was a great moment for me but at the same time super hard for others. Let’s pray for a super fast recovery for Aidos. God bless you and be with you.”

According to CompuBox, Morrell landed 237 punches to Yerbossynuly’s 82, including 167 power punches.

As Yerbossynuly recovers in hospital, the blame game has already begun. Assistant trainer Emanuel Savoy says he wanted to halt the contest but lead trainer Kanat Orakbaev was against it.

“I actually had the towel in my hand,” Savoy told ESPN. “Aidos wanted to continue. His head coach wanted him to continue. He evaluated Aidos and said nothing was wrong with him.

“He acknowledged the ref. He looked up and said, yes, he wanted to continue. As a corner, I think he still wanted to fight. He wanted to fight all the way to the end.”

That end may well now be nigh.

“Representatives of TGB Promotions and PBC are on the ground in Minneapolis with Aidos’ team and we are monitoring the situation closely,” a PBC spokesperson said in a statement. “Out of respect for he and his family’s privacy, we can’t share any details but we ask the boxing community to keep him in your thoughts and prayers.”

Morrell was ahead 110-99 twice and 108-101 entering the 12th and final round. Following a two-punch combination Yerbossynuly went down. Although he beat the count, referee Weeks docked him a point for excessive clinching in a desperate attempt to wind down the clock. Morrell hammered him with another combination that sent him to the floor to record the stoppage victory at the 2:34 mark.

The future for Morrell looks bright. For Yerbossynuly, not so much.

“I don’t think anyone is scared of me, I respect everyone in this division,” Morrell said after the fight. “I do know they are aware of me. They know exactly who David Morrell Jr is and that he’s coming for it all. I want David Benavidez, but I don’t care. I’m ready for everybody.”