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RP boxer Z Gorres in coma after victory in Vegas

Just as the nation was preparing for the megabout between Manny Pacquiao and Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto, a nightmarish tragedy struck Filipino prospect Z “The Dream" Gorres after winning his fight Friday in Las Vegas (Saturday in Manila). Gorres, one of the top bantamweight boxers from the Philippines, collapsed after hacking out a 10-round decision over Colombian Luis Melendez at the House of Blues in Mandalay Bay and was rushed to the UMC Hospital in Las Vegas.

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According to BoxingScene.Com, the 27-year-old Gorres, who was knocked down in the final round but survived the bell, suffered a subdural hematoma and had to undergo emergency surgery. The website reported that Dr. Micheal Seiff had to remove a part of Gorres' skull to relieve the swelling of the brain. As of posting time, the Nasipit, Agusan del Norte-born Gorres is in a medically-induced coma and is scheduled to have further tests over the weekend, the website added. In a radio report by Chino Trinidad, he said Gorres is under critical 24-hour watch and his brain remains swollen. Trinidad described the Gorres-Melendez tussle as a "brutal fight." Gorres, who once battled Vic Darchinyan and lost via a close decision, just hiked his ring record to 31-2-2 after getting the judges’ nod against Melendez, 98-90, 98-90, and 97-91, in their encounter held on the eve of the Pacquiao-Cotto showdown. After the announcement of the verdict, though, PhilBoxing.Com reported that Gorres walked back to his corner unsteadily and eventually collapsed - GMANews.TV