Erik Skoglund In Medically Induced Coma After Undergoing Brain Surgery

Former World Boxing Super Series and light heavyweight contender Erik Skoglund is serious condition after having brain surgery.

Skoglund fell ill during training and was bleeding from his brain, requiring him to undergo emergency brain surgery. The surgery has now left Skoglund in a medically induced coma.

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Below is a statement his promoters released regarding the matter.

"As previously reported, Erik Skoglund was taken to hospital yesterday having felt ill after a training session in his hometown of Nykoping. Erik was placed in a medically induced coma and underwent surgery last night to repair a bleed on the brain. Doctors are pleased with the results and Erik remains in a serious yet stable condition. The next three to four days are critical for his recovery. During this time, we ask that everyone respect the privacy of Erik and his family. We will communicate further information when it becomes available."

Skoglund recently competed in the World Boxing Super Series' super middleweight tournament, losing to Callum Smith in the quarterfinals, which was also for the WBC Diamond belt. Before the fight, Skoglund was undefeated as a boxer, winning all 26 fights and a number of titles, including the WBA and IBO International Light Heavyweight titles in 2016.

Skoglund was scheduled to fight on the Tony Bellew vs. David Haye 2 undercard later this month until the fight got scrapped due to an injury Haye suffered. The Bellew vs. Haye rematch had been rescheduled for May 5, but there was no word if Skoglund would fight on that undercard.

The 26-year-old native from Sweden has been boxing professionally since 2010, winning numerous accolades as an amateur boxer in the mid-to-late 2000s.

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