David Light suffered a ‘mild stroke’ after his loss to Lawrence Okolie, according to the New Zealander’s coaching staff.
Light was defeated by Okolie on points on March 25, with the result marking the first loss of the 31-year-old’s career.
It has now been revealed that Light suffered a stroke in New Zealand after the world title fight in Manchester, and that the cruiserweight underwent surgery for a blood clot.
Light’s training team, Peach Boxing, has said their fighter is receiving treatment at an Auckland hospital.
“This is like another battlefield for me, I have to train hard, rehab and work to get better,” Light said through his team.
Light reportedly returned home to New Zealand on April 1, before starting to feel unwell on April 5. She was diagnosed with a late-term concussion and released, but she returned to the hospital on April 17 because symptoms persisted.
A subsequent scan is said to have revealed a blood clot, which required surgery after Light suffered a stroke.
Doctors are reportedly expecting Light to make a “full recovery.”
“It’s really hard for all of us to see him like this,” Light’s trainer Isaac Peach said. “He’s a guy who’s around every day, and for something like this to happen is devastating for the gym.
“I have no information about what is happening in the hospital, the only thing I know is that David is very well. Every day I see him he is improving. He is talking, he is smiling, he is laughing”.
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