Boxer Diaz collapses during bout in San Antonio

July 17, 2008 11:35:01 AM PDT
San Antonio welterweight Oscar Diaz spent the night in surgery after collapsing between rounds of a nationally televised bout in his hometown. The 25-year-old fighter was taking a beating from Delvin Rodriguez on Wednesday night at San Antonio's Municipal Auditorium when he collapsed on his stool entering the 11th round.

Referees stopped the fight, declaring Rodriguez the winner by technical knockout, and doctors jumped into the ring to attend to Diaz, place him on a stretcher and take him to University Hospital. A ringside physician, Dr. Wayne Lee, said Diaz was unconscious and unresponsive but was breathing on his own and had a blood pressure.

Promoter Donna Brooks told the San Antonio Express-News that Diaz was to have surgery overnight for suspected bleeding in his brain.

Hospital spokeswoman Leni Kirkman said she had no new information on the 5-foot-10, 147-pound fighter Thursday morning.

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