Family of Russian boxer injured in NY plans suit

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Posted: Feb 22, 2014 6:36 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The family of a Russian boxer who was critically injured during a Madison Square Garden fight has filed court papers preparing to sue.

Magomed Abdusalamov (mah-GOH'-med ahb-duh-sah-LAH'-moff) lost a heavyweight fight against Mike Perez on Nov. 2. Hours later, he was in a coma.

His wife names New York state, the state Athletic Commission and the state Boxing Commission. They did not return calls for comment Saturday.

The boxer's wife, Bakanay (BAH'-kah-hay) Abdusalamov, says officials failed to stop a match during which her 32-year-old husband was repeatedly "beaten, bludgeoned, punched and pummeled." He suffered a broken jaw, hand and nose.

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The Court of Claims notice also states that "improper, untimely and inadequate medical care" contributed to his condition.

Doctors say the father of three may never walk or talk again.