Boxer Undergoes Brain Surgery After ESPN Fight

Oscar Diaz was taken to the hospital Wednesday night, after the boxer collapsed right before the 11th round of his bout against Delvin Rodriguez. Unfortunately, promoters say the welterweight had to be rushed into emergency surgery to try to relieve swelling on his brain.

Oscar Diaz

ESPN learns from promoter Ron Katz that Diaz has “got swelling and bleeding on the brain, he’s unconscious and on a ventilator.”

Diaz was facing Rodriguez in Oscar’s hometown of San Antonio, TX, during the main event of ESPN2’s “Wednesday Night Fights” program. After 10 brutal rounds, Diaz - whose right eye was “swollen almost completely shut” - couldn’t make it to 11:

Just before the 11th round began, Diaz, who was standing in his corner receiving instructions from trainer Tommy Brooks, buckled and passed out. Medical personnel came to his side immediately and within a few minutes he was on a stretcher and being taken to a waiting ambulance.

“When he left the ring, he was completely stationary and he didn’t look good,” said Star Boxing chief Joe DeGuardia. “They couldn’t get him to respond. They cleared a path right away and took him to the hospital.”

As for the latest on Oscar’s condition, Katz said, “It’s not good. Obviously, he’s in all of our prayers.”