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Boxer placed in induced coma following fight in Glasgow

Luis Palmer was given emergency treatment after receiving a 'very heavy punch' during the bout last week.

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The fight was part of a show organised to honour boxer Kash Farooq.

A boxer has been placed in an induced coma after being hit with a “very heavy punch” during a bout in Glasgow.

Luis Palmer received treatment in the ring at the city’s Radisson Blu hotel when he suffered the injury in the fifth round of the fight with Grant Quigley last week.

The 28-year-old, from Sheffield, is understood to be a father of two and made his debut as a fighter in Leeds earlier this year under the management of former WBC light welterweight champion Junior Witter.

He was later rushed to hospital with a suspected “bleed,” however the temporary measure has been described as “standard procedure”.

Robert Smith, the general secretary of the British Boxing Board of Control, said: “It was an evenly matched contest, he took a very heavy punch at the end of the (fifth) round.

“He was treated in the ring and taken to hospital. 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 and that’s where we are.”

Quigley, from Port Glasgow, picked up the silver medal in the middleweight class at the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2011, but had not stepped inside the ring since 2016 before Thursday’s fight.

The show had been organised by St Andrew’s Sporting Club in celebration of the career of Kash Farooq – who had been forced to hang up his gloves on medical grounds earlier this year.