Jason Rushton is expected to be in a drug induced coma for at least the next 24 hours before doctors decide the next course of action. Frank Maloney, who promoted the show, said Rushton had suffered a bleed on the brain and had been operated on to relieve pressure on the brain. However they had not discovered a blood clot.

“Jason had walked back to the changing-room with the doctor before he collapsed,” said Robert Smith, the general secretary of the British Boxing Board of Control. BBBC “Doctors are monitoring Jason’s condition. He is in a drug-induced coma, which is the normal procedure for this type of injury. They will know more in 24 hours or so.”

Doncaster’s light-middleweight Jason Rushton, collapsed and was taken to hospital last night after his fight with Blackpools Brian Rose at the Bolton Arena. Rushton was stopped with one second remaining of their tenth and final round, the fight took place after Ryan Rhodes’s European title stoppage victory over Jamie Moore.

He was stopped at 2:59 of the final round of the bout after a perfectly timed intervention by referee Steve Gray. Rushton was behind and had been knocked down earlier in the round. He left the ring on unsteady legs and is believed to have collapsed outside his changing room. The rest of the bill, including a welterwight bout that was in progress, was cancelled as doctors and an anaesthetist – who the British Boxing Board of Control requires to be ringside – went in the ambulance with Rushton.

Our thoughts and prays are with Jason and his family at this time.

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