July 6, 2022

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Boxing: Theofimo Lopez “may be dead” in the ring during a fight with Jorge Combosos

Boxing: Theofimo Lopez "may be dead" in the ring during a fight with Jorge Combosos

Former WBA, IBF and WBO lightweight champion Theofimo Lopez will never be allowed to fight George Cambosos, the doctor who examined Lopez said.

According to Mark Erie, a well-known ESPN reporter quoting Lopez’s media reports, doctors in New York diagnosed him with pneumomediastinum – a disorder of the pulmonary system defined by the presence of air in the mediastinum when there was no traumatic cause – His defeat by partition decision at Madison Square Garden in New York on November 27.

Kriegel adds that doctors also found “too much air” in the retropharyngeal space under the base of the skull.

“He may be dead, that’s for sure,” Dr. Linda Doll, an otolaryngologist, told Kriegel. “I can not explain to you how he breathed.

“It was in this state that he fought.”

Opinion shared by Dr. Peter Constantino, Head of New York and Executive Director of the Nick Institute. According to him, Lopez risked his life by entering the ring to defend his title there against the Combosos.

“He’s not lucky to be dead. Really lucky.”

The 24-year-old boxer explained to Doll Kriegel that if the combos hit Lopez’s neck or chest “in a certain way and in a certain place” he would not be able to breathe immediately because of the collapsed lung. The chest tube needs to be inserted.

Lopez suffers from asthma and was diagnosed with Kovid-19 positive last June. He began to experience shortness of breath and inflammation in the neck area the day before the fight.

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“I thought it was just my asthma,” Lopez replied to Kriegel when asked why he did not report his symptoms to his manager or the New York Athletic Commission.

However, according to Dr. Doll, a medical examination before a normal fight is not enough to diagnose a Lopez problem. An X-ray and CT scan are required.

Comboso Lopez grabbed the belt after two of the three judges handed him 115-111 and 115-112 cards. Third Judge Lopez won 114-113.

“I’m not there on Saturday night,” Lopez told Kriegel.