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Wladimir Klitschko

Mired in Lawsuit

Over Injured Boxer

8/15/2014 8:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Wladimir Klitschko Sued
Heavyweight boxing champ Wladimir Klitschko is in the middle of a bizarre legal fight ... involving a boxer he signed who suffered massive injuries during a recent bout.

Magomed Abdusalamov -- a boxer who was signed by Klitschko's company, K2 Boxing Promotions -- suffered permanent brain damage in a November, 2013 bout at Madison Square Garden.

The fight went the full 10 rounds and there was no question ... Mike Perez won. In fact, he beat Abdusalamov so badly, he ended up having brain surgery and suffered a series of strokes. He may never walk or talk again.

Abdusalamov's wife has sued Klitschko's company ... claiming the champ and his people should have stopped the fight when it was clear her husband was badly injured.  She also claims there was a delay in getting him medical attention.

Klitschko's company has put a claim in to his insurance company ... to cover any judgment in the lawsuit, but the insurance company has now asked a judge to declare the policy ONLY covers injuries like sickness, disease or death outside the ring that would cause cancellation of the fight.

The insurance company says there's a specific exclusion from injuries resulting from the fight itself.

A judge has yet to rule.

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1.

boo boo    

Was it a sanctioned bout? Was the ref competent? If yes, then I'm not sure how K2 is liable. It should be very clear what the insurance policy covers.

37 days ago
2.

Cookie Lady    

I'm not a big fan, but in such a case doesn't the ref have that responsibility if the manager doesn't do it?

37 days ago
3.

Factual    

Was the referee taking a snooze during that fight.

37 days ago
4.

BillyBob Again    

Abdusalamov probably was already dumb before the fight

37 days ago
5.

smurfya    

Anytime you enter the ring, step onto the ice or onto the field, you sign an unwritten contract that you could be seriously injured. Feel bad for the guy, but you can't just go after Klitsckos company/trainers, there was also a referee and fight doctors that could be to blame, plus that littlething called personal responsibility.

37 days ago
6.

namers    

Pugilism. I rather watch baseball.

37 days ago
7.

Mike L    

You fight for a living and then sue when you get hurt? Um, common sense says you're gonna get beat up, sometimes badly. If you can't deal with the consequences, get out of the ring and get a real job.

37 days ago
8.

iBetty    

This is Sad...

37 days ago
9.

Grim reaper    

Hello he is a boxer stupid lady what you think he doing ballerina ****. He bound to get hurt

37 days ago
10.

Nikki    

You know, now I have some respect for Shannon Brings, Vitali Klitschko gave him permanent brain damage during thei fight and he ain't suing them;!!!

37 days ago
11.

NY_Babygirl    

The referee should of stop the fight,that's what they are supposed to do.

37 days ago
12.

slavnar    

Give me a break. Cry baby athletes who are looking to make millions, but aren't willing to take the risks to get there.

37 days ago
13.

There's a problem here    

That kind of stuff goes on in the ring. The whole point of boxing is to knock your opponent into next week. Obviously he wasn't unconscious in the ring, so he bears some responsibility too because he kept going.

37 days ago
14.

Donnyboy198    

SAD BUT TRUE IF YOU ARE DUMB ENOUGH TO BE IN A VICIOUS SPORT THAT YOU BEAT THE HELL OUT OF EACH OTHER DON'T BITCH WHEN YOU GET THE HELL BEAT OUT OF YOU --SORRY BUDDY GOES WITH YOU JOB.. IT AMAZES ME THAT THESE IDIOTS CAUSE THATS WHAT MOST OF THEM ARE VIOLENT AHOLES.. BITCH AND WANT TO BE COMPENSATED FOR SIGNING UP FOR THIS ****.. YOU WANT TO GET PAID GOT TO PLAY!!

37 days ago
15.

Hans Gruber    

I wouldn't want to be hit by his hooks. His hooks are as devastating as Lennox Lewis jabs.

37 days ago
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