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Boxer fights for life after throat punch

There are grave fears for American bare knuckle boxer Francesco Ricchi after he was placed in a coma in a Florida hospital following a hard punch to his throat during a fight last weekend.Ricchi showed great heart to fight back and win his bout against Noah Cutter despite being put down twice early in the…

There are grave fears for American bare knuckle boxer Francesco Ricchi after he was placed in a coma in a Florida hospital following a hard punch to his throat during a fight last weekend.

Ricchi showed great heart to fight back and win his bout against Noah Cutter despite being put down twice early in the fight.

He recovered to finish Cutter by TKO in the third round and was seemingly fine afterwards as he posed for a photo with his marked up opponent backstage.

But he was later taken to hospital to have his trachea looked at by doctors and was later placed in medically-induced coma because of complications during surgery.

Ricchi’s condition was first revealed by his opponent, who took to social media to send his support.

“Prayers and best wishes to my opponent Francesco,” Cutter wrote. “I’ve been informed he’s in the hospital in a medically induced coma due to bleeding in his lungs from a haematoma in his trachea due to a throat punch during the fight. Obviously accidental.

“We come out here to hurt each other but I never want to see this for an opponent. Prayers from my family. Heal up.”

Bare Knuckle Boxing president David Feldman provided the following statement to MMAFighting.com.

“First and foremost our thoughts are with Francesco and his family at this time as we pray for a quick and full recovery,” Feldman stated. “The injury did not deter Francesco from a victorious result on Friday night but complications during the surgery at the hospital have resulted in a greater issue to his health.”

Bare knuckle boxing is the bloodiest version of the sport because fighters do not wear gloves.

In the lead-up the bout, Ricchi told Bare Knuckle News why he takes part in such a dangerous sport.

“Fighting is what I do for fun,” he said. “I love it and I’m very passionate (about it). I have to work my ass off every day … just to be able to make it to fight day.

“I love training and I love competition … to me it’s the ultimate test of will.”

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