There was major concern for the health of Sheffield boxer Jerome Wilson today after he was knocked out in a contest in the east end.
Wilson, aged 29, went down heavily after being struck by opponent Serge Ambomo at iceSheffield, on Friday.
Theatrically, Cameroon Olympian Ambomo knelt down over Wilson and seemed to kiss his head after the blow- not knowing at the time that the Sheffielder was badly hurt.
Wilson was given oxygen by paramedics and the taken by ambulance from hospital. It did not look like he had regained consciousness at that point.
Later, Wilson was said to be in a “responsive state” at hospital.
But there is no clear view on his condition today.
Wilson, who lost to Ambomo, in May at the same venue, had been decked in round two, given a standing eight count.
He went on to suffer a number of big right hands and by the sixth round Wilson, who had won six and lost two of his previous bouts, appeared disorientated.
The referee stopped the match after one minute 16 seconds of the sixth session.
The first man into the ring to attempt to put Arbourthorne’s Wilson into the recovery position was Ambomo’s trainer, Glyn Rhodes of Sheffield Boxing Centre.
Some of the crowd were critical of Ambomo’s antics.
And some were antagonised by the Cameroonian’s friend, who had been shouting support in French, from ringside.
He also celebrated the KO, without knowing what damage had been done to the Sheffielder.
Ambomo was briefly confronted by promoter Dave Coldwell after the fight.
The rugged fighter booed out the ring by some fans, but later apologised saying he respected and liked Wilson as a co-fighter.
Coldwell later issued a statement: “Jerome Wilson unfortunately suffered a severe head injury during his fight in Sheffield last night.
“He is receiving the best possible care and while he receives his treatment Jerome’s family request privacy at this difficult time.
“Further updates will be released when Jerome’s family feel it appropriate to do so, therefore no further comment will be made until directed by Jerome’s family.”
Wilson describes himself on twitter as: “Professional Boxer, Daddy to one beautiful lil baby girl, Sports/Fitness Coach, helping people realise there potential & reach their goals.”
For a previous Star story on the pair’s rivalry, go to: http://www.thestar.co.uk/sport/boxing/punching-ring-rival-serge-hurt-us-both-1-6703368