Super middleweight contender Aidos Yerbossynuly remains hospitalized following a knockout loss Saturday night, a source confirmed to ESPN.
The Kazakh fighter was stopped in the 12th round by top prospect David Morrell in the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions card from The Armory in Minneapolis. After the loss, the Showtime telecast reported that Yerbossynuly was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation.
“Representatives of TGB Promotions and PBC are on the ground in Minneapolis with Aidos’ team and we are monitoring the situation closely,” a PBC spokesperson said in a statement. “Out of respect for he and his family’s privacy, we can’t share any details but we ask the boxing community to keep him in your thoughts and prayers.”
Yerbossynuly had won all 16 of his professional bouts and was ranked as the No. 1 contender in the WBA’s super middleweight rankings. Morrell (8-0, 7 KOs), a skilled Cuban prospect fighting out of Minneapolis, holds a secondary WBA title in the 168-pound division.
The scorecards and punch stats had the bout lopsided in Morrell’s favor. Two judges had Yerbossynuly losing every round, while the other had a 108-101 scorecard entering the 12th.
After initially celebrating the victory in the ring, Morrell quickly went over to help Yerbossynuly make his way to a stool in his corner.
At the beginning of the 12th round, Morrell knocked Yerbossynuly down with a straight left hand. In the final minute of the round, Yerbossynuly was penalized one point for repeatedly holding Morrell, with referee Tony Weeks unable to pry the two fighters apart at certain points. Less than 10 seconds after Weeks docked Yerbossynuly a point, Morrell picked up the knockout with a thundering right hook.
According to CompuBox, Morrell outlanded Yerbossynuly 237 to 82. Of the punches that Morrell landed, more than 70% of them were power punches to the head. Yerbossynuly was cut across the nose and had significant swelling in his right eye as he pressed forward and tried to finish the fight.
“The guy, he’s strong,” Morrell said in the postfight interview. “I respect him.”