28-year-old Luis Palmer took on Grant Quigley at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow in his fourth professional bout this past weekend.
Palmer ended up in the hospital with a brain hemorrhage resulting from the injuries suffered during the boxing bout.
General secretary of the British Boxing Board of Control Robert Smith told Sheffield Star:
“I was there. It was an evenly matched contest, he took a very heavy punch at the end of the (fourth) round.”
“He was treated in the ring and taken to hospital.”
Smith then continued: “He’s suffering from a bleed.”
“They haven’t operated, other than releasing the pressure in the brain.
“He’s in an induced coma, as is normal procedure, I have spoken to the doctors this morning and that’s where we are.”
Smith said he had spoken to Palmer’s trainer, Liam Walsh, as well as Witter, Quigley and Quigley’s trainer.
He added: “They are obviously upset with the circumstances, as we are, but we are all just waiting.”
The event in Glasgow was Quigley’s first professional boxing bout in six years. His record stands at 6-0.
Quigley won a silver medal in the middleweight division at the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games but had not competed for six years before Thursday’s event.
The show was organized by St Andrew’s Sporting Club in celebration of Kash Farooq’s career. Farooq retired due to “unforeseen circumstances” related to his health. A yearly medical with the British Board of Control flagged up a serious health concern – and he had to retire as a result.
“I wanted more, but in the circumstances it turned out I couldn’t.”
“Now it’s all about helping the next generation of boxers come through. To me, that’s the next best thing” Farooq explained.