(September 9th) In a court decision announced yesterday, certain to send tremors through the combat sports even outside New York Hallandale, Florida, based Russian heavyweight Magomed Abdusalamov and his family are set to receive a $22 million settlement from the State of New York.
It was announced that the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) has agreed to pay the Abdusalamov family $22 million dollars to settle a personal injury case, stemming from Abdusalamov’s November 2nd, 2013 against Cork, Ireland based Cuban Mike Perez.
Abdusalamov, 18-1, 18Ko’s paid $40,000 for the K2, Main Events promoted, HBO televised fight bleeding from the nose, swelling around both eyes from the brutal punishment marked by a severe cut on left eyelid suffered in the seventh round of the ten round WBC United States (USNBC) Heavyweight Title bout at The Theater at Madison Square Garden had filed what is now nearly a three year lawsuit claiming recklessness, gross negligence and medical malpractice by the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) in its handling of the bout and delayed post-fight care.
The 36-year-old, boxer after suffering tremendous physical damage forced to take a cab to the hospital resulting in delayed treatment of a later diagnosed blood clot requiring immediate surgery causing the beaten fighter into a ten-month coma, suffering multiple seizures leaving him with a significant loss of speech and bilaterally paralyzed.
The Abdusalamov / NYSAC case appears to be the #1 reason why New York now requires combat sports promoters to take out $1 million insurance policies out on each fighter participating in all events including the MMA.
The now 31-year-old, Perez, 20-0, 12Ko’s struggling after the Abdusalamov fight going 2-2-1 in his next five bouts is still active and faces Latvian power puncher Mairis Briedis, 22-0, 18Ko’s in the opening round of the cruiserweight side of the World Boxing Super Series September 30th.