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Rancho Cucamonga boxer Daniel Franco in medically induced coma after knockout, father says

By in Press Enterprise on June 12, 2017

By Robert Morales

Al Franco late Monday morning posted an update on his son, Rancho Cucamonga featherweight boxer Daniel Franco, who was seriously injured three days earlier during an eighth-round knockout loss to Jose Haro at WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa.

The statement, on Franco’s GoFundMe page, read in part, “Daniel had a rough night, his brain pressure was high, pushing the limits doctors would like to see on the monitor and he ran a fever of 102. This morning they medicated him to fully paralyze him. They don’t want any movement or brain activity whatsoever so that he can fully recover.

“Now we have to wait another 48 hours. I will keep you all posted.”

Daniel Franco, 25, suffered two knockdowns in the eighth round Saturday night. The referee, Celestino Ruiz, waved off the bout after the second one and immediately called for the ringside physician, said Bernie Bahrmasel, a spokesman for Team Franco.

Bahrmasel said Franco wasn’t reacting well after the knockout, and was eventually taken out of the ring on a stretcher, yet awake and cognizant of his surroundings.

He underwent emergency surgery at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa, to repair two brain bleeds and was placed into an induced coma.

Bahrmasel said Franco was surrounded by family members Monday morning, including his mother and father, who also trains his son.

Haro, of West Jordan, Utah, is pulling for Franco.

“I hope he has a full and speedy recovery,” Haro, 30, said in a statement. “We put everything on the line when we step inside the ring. I always tell my brother-trainer that I’m a father first, fighter second, and if he ever sees me badly hurt to stop the fight because my kids need their daddy.

“I’m very grateful that I won, but it really didn’t feel like I won. I always pray that […]    

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