Boxing ring announcer David Diamante says he will ‘have to learn to walk again’ after suffering severe injuries in a motorbike crash.
The 50-year-old, who was announcing in the ring for Derek Chisora’s rematch against Joseph Parker at the Manchester Arena on Saturday evening, was involved in an accident in Brooklyn on Monday.
Diamante was rushed to hospital in critical condition and had suffered three spinal fractures, broken ribs and injuries to his knee.
He required five hours of surgery and says he is aiming to return as quickly as possible but acknowledges there is a ‘risk of complications’.
‘It’s going to be a tough road. It’s a bad injury and getting better will take some time. This will be a struggle,’ Diamante told Boxing Scene.
‘I’ll have to learn to walk again, and right now there’s a risk of complications.
‘But I have a positive attitude and will be back as soon as possible.’
Boxing promoter Lou DiBella wrote on Twitter: ‘Prayers up for David Diamante who’s just begun recovery from a awful motorcycle accident.
‘Positive energy to him for a swift recovery and rehab. He has very serious injuries, but sounds good, can move everything, and his prognosis, with time and work, is good. Miracle.’
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