Friday 24 October 2014

Boxing: Taylor sparring partner out of induced coma

Bernard O'Neill

Published 17/06/2013 | 05:00

SWEDEN'S Frida Wallberg, who was being lined up to spar Katie Taylor recently, was rushed to hospital in Stockholm after being TKO'd by Diana Prazak in her WBC super-featherweight title defence on Friday.

Swedish media reported that she had an operation for a cerebral haemorrhage in the early hours of Saturday morning and was placed in a medically induced coma.

Australia-born Prazak staggered Wallberg in the seventh round and dropped her twice in the eighth before the ref waved the fight off.

Wallberg collapsed shortly after the stoppage and was taken to hospital for an emergency operation. She awoke from her medically induced coma yesterday and a message on her Facebook page said: "I am awake now and don't want anyone to worry, I am tired after all the medication. I felt I had the fight, but my legs got heavy after the fifth and I was caught by a swing in the eight."

A gold-medal winner at the inaugural AIBA World Women's Championships in the USA in 2001, Wallberg, nicknamed 'Golden Girl', turned pro in 2004.

Katie Taylor was lining up a sparring session with the Swede last month as part of preparations for her EU title defence in Hungary in July but the spar was shelved after Taylor, who will be aiming for her fifth successive lightweight title in Hungary, picked up a wrist injury.

Irish Independent

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