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British Boxer Is In A Coma After Taking A 'Very Heavy Punch' During Fight

Poppy Bilderbeck

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British Boxer Is In A Coma After Taking A 'Very Heavy Punch' During Fight

A British boxing star and father of two has been placed into a medically induced coma.

Last week, Huddersfield light-heavyweight Luis Palmer aka 'Black Steel' took to the ring with Grant Quigley at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow.

However, ringside medics had to rush to his aid and he was later taken to hospital after suffering a 'very heavy punch' from his opponent.

Luis Palmer has been put into an induced coma following a fight in Glasgow. Credit: Alamy
Luis Palmer has been put into an induced coma following a fight in Glasgow. Credit: Alamy

British Boxing Board of Control chief Robert Smith was there at the time of the incident, the Daily Star reports.

He recalled: "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. He’s suffering from a bleed. He’s in an induced coma, as is normal procedure, I have spoken to the doctors this morning and that’s where we are."


Quigley is reported by Smith as being 'obviously upset' by the incident.

The fight was Quigley's seventh bout and Palmer's fourth.

However, Quigley had not fought for six years before getting into the ring with Palmer.

The show was run by St Andrew's Sporting Club and was held to celebrate Scottish former pro boxer Kash Farooq's career.


Farooq began boxing in 2015, however retired in January off the back of medical advice.

The incident holds echoes of a bout in 2016 between Nick Blackwell and Chris Eubank Jnr which saw Blackwell sustain a brain bleed.

The boxer ended up suffering additional brain damage after he ignored medical advice and returned to sparring.


In 2016, Scottish pro boxer Mike Towell was diagnosed with severe bleeding and swelling to his brain and ultimately passed away.

British light heavyweight boxer Scott Westgarth passed away at the age of 31 in February 2018 from injuries sustained in a victorious 10-round bout - a fight of which many viewed as being the best performance of his career.

Boxing UK has since taken to Twitter to offer its support to Palmer.


The post reads: "Thoughts and prayers for Sheffield boxer Luis Palmer who has been placed in an induced coma after taking a 'very heavy punch' in a bout last Thursday.

"A father of two, the Junior Witter trained fighter was hurt during a bout in Glasgow.

"Come on Luis."

British boxer Connor Wright also wrote: "Please keep Luis Palmer in your prayers. Seriously hurt in last night's clash v Grant Quigley on @StAndrewsSC show in commemoration of the career of Kash Farooq."

Smith noted how everyone is 'just waiting' to find out more about Palmer's condition.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Boxing, Sport, UK News

Poppy Bilderbeck
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