Franco, 25, was knocked out in the eighth round with a hard
right from Caro. He was rushed to hospital and underwent
emergency surgery to stop two brain bleeds. He was placed in a
medically induced coma.
"At this point the doctors have told us the next 48 hours will
be critical in regards to him making a complete recovery,"
manager Ray Chaparro said in a statement. "We ask for prayers
from the boxing community at this time."
Chaparro said doctors had to open Franco's skull in order to
relieve the pressure and repair two small veins that were
Franco (16-2-3, 11 knockouts) absorbed several hard shots from
Haro (14-1-1, eight KOs) through the fight and staggered in the
Before the fight ended, he was knocked down in the eighth but
beat the count. The next shot landed near Franco's temple, and
he immediately fell to the canvas.
Moments later, Franco appeared alert while getting medical
attention, but as the result of the fight was being announced,
he lay down on the mat and was removed from the ring on a
Franco was handed his first career defeat in a third-round
knockout by Christopher Martin on March 23. He rebounded with a
first-round knockout win over Francisco Agustin Suarez on May 12
before taking on Haro.
(Editing by Andrew Both)
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