Eduard Gutknecht is still in a coma nearly two weeks after his points loss to George Groves, according to the London-based fighter and the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBOC).
The German needed surgery after suffering a unanimous points loss to Groves at Wembley Arena earlier this month and the BBBOC say he is in 'stable condition' despite being in an induced coma. After falling ill in his changing room just minutes after the fight, Gutknecht was rushed to hospital and has remained there ever since.
Groves has set up a fundraising appeal on behalf of Gutknecht and his family and tweeted regarding the matter: "He is still in hospital in a coma after having surgery the night of our fight 12 days ago," he wrote.
The three-time world title challenger continued: "Out of respect for Eduard and his family's privacy I haven't tweeted anything about his medical situation so far.
"Please clink the link set up by my team to help Eduard...He's a husband and a father and the money raised will go towards helping his family be with him at this difficult time. My team are also in the process of organising an auction with celebrity items people can bid on, and all money raised will also go to Eduard's family."
"Thank you to my friends and family who have already donated, it's much appreciated."
The news comes in the same week that the boxing world learnt of Nick Blackwell's return to hospital after an impromptu sparring session, despite being advised never to box again following the injuries he sustained in his bout against Chris Eubank Jr.
As it happens, Gutknecht is in the same hospital that Blackwell received his original treatment at, St Mary's in West London.
It is a somber reminder that the sport is still a high risk, high reward business and the class shown by Groves in setting up a fund for Gutknecht and his young family is fantastic to see.
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