LAS VEGAS - Filipino boxer ZC Oliveros "The Dream" Gorres remains in critical condition after undergoing an emergency surgery at a hospital in Las Vegas, where he was rushed after winning his fight against Colombian Luis Melendez at the Mandalay Bay Hotel on Saturday.
Michael Aldeguer, Gorres's manager, told ABS-CBN News that the Filipino boxer had to undergo surgery due to a blood clot on the left side of his brain. He remains under observation at the intensive care unit of the University Medical Center.
Doctors said the next 24 hours will be very critical for the Filipino boxer and they will be observing him closely. A CT scan has been scheduled for Sunday (Saturday in the US) to determine if the swelling of Gorres's left brain has subsided.
Boxingscene.com said Gorres suffered from subdural hematoma. It said the boxer's surgeon, Dr. Michael Seiff, had to remove a part of his skull to relieve the swelling of his brain.
It said the boxer has been placed in a medically induced coma.
Nonito Donaire, another Filipino boxing champion, asked Filipinos to "send prayers to Z Gorres."
The boxer was rushed to the hospital after going down in the last round of his fight against Melendez.
Despite going down badly, Gorres was able to get up 30 seconds before the final bell rang and was declared winner via unanimous decision.
The fight started out slow for the both fighters, but the action picked up when Gorres knocked down Melendez with a one-two combination at the 3rd round.
The fight's pace went up further after the Filipino boxer landed another combination with his left and straight punches against the Colombian fighter.
Melendez got up, but was overwhelmed by the Filipino throughout the fight. The Colombian fighter, however, came back strong and held his own in the 10th round.
Melendez toppled Gorres with his own version of a one-two combination.
The Filipino was able to recover from the knockdown, but after being declared winner in the bantam weight division fight, he collapsed again.
Gorres stayed on the floor for about 5 minutes before he was brought out of the Mandalay Bay on a stretcher and brought to hospital. -- Report from Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News