New York residents may be interested in a lawsuit recently filed in the aftermath of the Perez v. Abdusalamov boxing match Nov. 2, at Madison Square Garden. The fight, highly anticipated and televised on HBO, ended in a 10-round unanimous decision for Perez at 10:51 p.m. Abdusalamov had suffered a broken jaw, nose and hand. After the fight, he complained of head pain and was examined by boxing commission doctors, who administered a neurological exam. He was cleared and told to follow up with a doctor in a day or two.
After the exam, an athletic commission inspector noticed blood in the fighter's urine sample. He told the boxer's handlers to take Abdusalamov to a hospital by taxi even though two ambulances were standing by. Abdusalamov needed assistance to dress, complained of feeling faint and vomited as he sat on a curb while attempts were made to flag a taxi. As they arrived in a taxi and not an ambulance, the emergency room staff told them that they would need to wait before being seen. The fighter's manager even tried calling 911 from the waiting room. However, the hospital admitted him at 12:30 a.m.