British boxer Connor Coghill has been forced to retire from the sport after suffering a bleed on the brain.
The Hull fighter was on the Leigh Wood-Josh Warrington undercard in Sheffield on October 7 when he lost his WBA continental belt to Hopey Price after being knocked down four times. After complaining of headaches, the 28-year-old was admitted to hospital where a bleed on the brain was discovered.
“We are saddened to confirm Connor is currently in hospital under observation after a scan has discovered a bleed on his brain,” said Coghill’s trainer, Stefy Bull, in a statement. “Connor has had headaches since his boxing contest last week in Sheffield. Obviously it’s devastating news for Connor as boxing has been his life since a young age.
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“He’s stable and resting and wanting people to respect his time during this difficult period. Everyone at Stefy Bull Promotions are praying for a full recovery and wish him good health. We will keep you all updated.”
Coghill is now out of danger but will never fight again. Writing on a fundraising page which has been set up for Coghill, Bull announced: “Thankfully after almost a week he’s been discharged and hopefully over the coming months he’ll make a full recovery.
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“Due to this injury sadly Connor has had to retire from professional boxing and now stuck with no form of income. He’s been told he can’t do anything for the next 6 months which obviously is going to be hard for him.”
After setting a target of £20,000, more than £5,000 has already been raised. Bull added: “My goal is to try and support him as much as we can, our aim is to raise as much as we can to support Connor with something positive moving forward. Boxing has been his life and all he’s known since being a young boy.
“With his fighting career now taken away I think and believe Connor can still make a life out of doing something he loves (boxing). We have a vision of saucing a gym in his home town big enough to start his own amateur boxing club and supporting him to also gain his professional licences so he can train boxers to become champions just like himself.”
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