Magomed Abdusalamov

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Magomed Abdusalamov
Магомед Абдусаламов
Abdusalamov in 2013
Nickname(s) Mago
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Nationality Russian
Born (1981-03-25) 25 March 1981 (age 34)
Makhachkala, Dagestan ASSR, Soviet Union
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 19
Wins 18
Wins by KO 18
Losses 1

Magomed Abdusalamov (Russian: Магомед Абдусаламов; born 25 March 1981) is a Russian former professional boxer who fought at heavyweight.[1] As an amateur, he won the 2005 and 2006 Russian national championships in the super heavyweight division. He turned professional in 2008, fighting nineteen times and winning his first eighteen by knockout. In 2013, Abdusalamov was forced to retire from the sport due to severe brain injuries sustained during his only career defeat to Mike Perez.

Early life[edit]

Magomed Abdusalamov was born in Dagestan’s capital city of Makhachkala on March 25, 1981. He grew up in a strict Muslim household and was his parents’ first male child. Growing up in large family from an early age his disciplinarian father pushed his son into sports as a way to shelter him from the growing violence and crime in the city.[2]


In spite of his success at the nationals 2005 and 2006, hard-punching southpaw Abdusalamov stood in the shadows of Islam Timurziev, who was regularly sent to international competitions ahead of him.

He did not qualify for the 2008 Olympics after losing to eventual Bronze medalist David Price in a qualifier.

Professional boxing career[edit]

He turned pro in 2008 and won his first four bouts for Warriors boxing.

Of his nineteen professional fights he got eighteen wins, all by KO or TKO.

In September 2012 he was dropped hard by Jameel McCline in the first round, but won by TKO in the second round to win the vacant World Boxing Council United States Heavyweight title at Olympiyskiy in Moscow, Russia. He defended the USNBC title twice with stoppage wins in 2013, against Victor Bisbal in Atlantic City, New Jersey in March 2013, and Sebastian Ceballos in Buenos Aires, Argentina in April 2013.

In November 2013 Abdusalamov took on Mike Perez in a 10 round fight for his title at Madison Square Garden in New York City as part of an HBO event featuring Gennady Golovkin in the main event. In a largely one-sided fight, which was scored seven rounds to three on two scorecards, Abdusalamov lost his title as Perez landed a bevy of power punches that the champion managed to withstand despite being cut late in the fight.

Brain injury[edit]

Immediately after the fight, Abdusalamov took a taxi from Madison Square Garden to Roosevelt Hospital on the Upper West Side.[3] The doctors who examined Abdusalamov found that he had sustained a large blood clot on his brain, in addition to the wear and tear he suffered during the course of the fight. Doctors put Abdusalamov into medically induced coma as a way to give the swelling in his brain time to subside. Shortly after being put into a coma, he suffered a stroke leading doctors to fear he was going to die.[4] On November 6, 2013, his condition was described as critical but stable.[1]

Abdusalamov's wife, Bakanay Abdusalamova, and their three daughters were with him in hospital.

Doctors briefly awakened Abdusalamov from his medically-induced coma and removed his respirator on the morning of 22 November.[5] He was brought back into medically-induced coma later that day as a precautionary measure after his temperature rose to 103 degrees.[6]

On Monday December 9, Lewkowicz reported that the 32-year-old heavyweight was again out of coma, awake and aware of his surroundings, and that his condition had improved sufficiently to allow him to be moved to a regular room. "They said this is different than last time, because this time he's showing more improvement. He's awake. He's not able to speak, but he's awake and aware of his surroundings even if he can't speak. His eyes are open," said Lewkowicz.[7]

On December 19, 2013, the neurosurgeon attending to Abdusalamov said in his opinion, Abdusalamov's career was over despite his condition improving. "He's going to get better, I'm confident," Dr. Rupendra Swarup said, "but he will not be the same. He's going to have neurological deficits."[8]

In late May 2014, his wife Bakanay Abdusalamov told that Magomed was showing signs of improvement - he could recognize relatives, understand everything they were telling him, and was able to speak in short sentences with a low voice.[9]

Medical bills[edit]

With Abdusalamov's family facing "staggering" medical bills from the very start, promoters Sampson Lewkowicz, Lou DiBella, Leon Margules, and others called for donations and set up a trust fund. The Abdusalamov family is also accepting donations directly[10] and boxing charity Ring 10 has similarly called for donations.

News reports didn't clarify those who set up trust funds put money themselves into said trust funds.

In February 2014 it was reported that the family would sue the New York State Athletic Commission seeking damages.[11]

Professional boxing record[edit]

18 Wins (18 knockouts, 0 decisions) 1 Loss
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 18-1 Cuba Mike Perez UD 10 2013-11-02 United States New York City, New York First pro loss. The fight caused a near-fatal brain injury.
Win 18-0 Argentina Sebastian Ignacio Ceballos TKO 1 (10) 2013-04-27 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 17-0 Puerto Rico Victor Bisbal TKO 5 (10) 2013-03-08 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 16-0 United States Jameel McCline TKO 2 (10) 2012-09-08 Russia Moscow
Win 15-0 United States Maurice Byarm TKO 2 (10) 2012-06-07 United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 14-0 United States Jason Pettaway TKO 4 (10) 2012-03-17 United States New York City, New York
Win 13-0 United States Pedro Rodriguez TKO 2 (4) 2012-02-03 United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 12-0 United States Rich Power TKO 3 (8) 2011-11-20 United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 11-0 Japan Masataka Takehara KO 1 (6) 2011-10-28 United States Salinas, California
Win 10-0 United States Kevin Burnett TKO 1 (6) 2011-10-01 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 9-0 The Bahamas Jerry Butler TKO 2 (6) 2010-12-07 United States Hollywood, Florida
Win 8-0 United States Keon Graham KO 1 (4) 2010-10-22 United States Miami, Florida
Win 7-0 Kenya Raymond Ochieng TKO 1 (6) 2010-02-06 Russia Moscow
Win 6-0 United States Ryan Shay TKO 1 (4) 2009-10-31 United States Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Win 5-0 Uzbekistan Sherzod Mamadjanov KO 1 (6) 2009-07-02 Russia Moscow
Win 4-0 United States Larry White TKO 1 (4) 2009-03-27 United States Tampa, Florida
Win 3-0 United States Maurice Winslow TKO 1 (4) 2009-02-27 United States Hollywood, Florida
Win 2-0 Tanzania Bernard Mwakasanga TKO 1 (4) 2008-11-21 Russia Saint Petersburg
Win 1-0 Ghana Epiphanie Pipi KO 1 (4) 2008-09-06 Russia Moscow Professional debut.


  1. ^ a b "Magomed Abdusalamov suffered stroke while in coma after Mike Perez fight | Boxing News |". Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  2. ^ Jay, Chris (2013-02-28). "From Russia with gloves". Ventura County Star. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  3. ^ "The New York Times". Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  4. ^ "Heayweight Magomed Abdusalamov placed back on life support | Boxing News |". Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  5. ^ according to Nathan Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing, Abdusalamov’s promoter
  6. ^ "Magomed back on life support after being awakened from coma - Ring TV". Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  7. ^ "Lem's latest: Magomed Abdusalamov out of coma". Ring TV. CraveOnline. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  8. ^ "Magomed Abdusalamov won't fight again, will have deficits -- neurosurgeon - ESPN New York". Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  9. ^ "Magomed Abdusalamov Shows Signs of Improvement - Boxing News". Retrieved 2014-07-14. 
  10. ^ "Boxer Magomed Abdusalamov on life support after suffering stroke while in coma - NY Daily News". Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
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