• Short Summary

    United States boxer Chuck Wilburn is fighting for his life at Blacktown Hospital, Sydney, after taking a severe battering from Australian welterweight title-holder, Hector Thompson in a ten round contest on Thursday (1 April).

  • Description

    United States boxer Chuck Wilburn is fighting for his life at Blacktown Hospital, Sydney, after taking a severe battering from Australian welterweight title-holder, Hector Thompson in a ten round contest on Thursday (1 April).

    Wilburn is in a deep coma in the hospital, and his wife and mother have flown from the United States to be at his bedside.

    Wilburn was a shade ahead on points going into the final round, but Thompson unleashed damaging right and left hooks to turn almost certain defeat into victory, knocking out Wilburn half way through the round.

    Wilburn stopped breathing on the floor of the ring and was given immediate emergency medical attention. He was rushed to hospital where doctors performed a four-hour brain operation. Wilburn is believed to have suffered a brain haemorrhage.

    The fight was Wilburn's first in eight months, and towards the end, lack of condition left him open to the barrage from Thompson.

    Wilburn had been training to become a nurse, and in an interview during his preparation for the fight he said he realised the sort of injuries that could happen in boxing, but said any kind of work could be dangerous. He also said that he was going to give boxing up after this year.

    SYNOPSIS: American boxer Chuck Wilburn is fighting for his life in a Sydney hospital after receiving a battering from Australian welterweight title holder Hector Thompson, in a bout in Sydney on Thursday. Rex Mossop of ATN 7 describes the tenth round. Reporter Ian McMinn had spoken to Wilburn before the fight about his dual careers of boxing and nursing.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6JAKL21QH2EBBG2Y2BQONNSW1
    Media URN:
    VLVA6JAKL21QH2EBBG2Y2BQONNSW1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/04/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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