Stricken fighter is ‘improving’

Jerome Wilson

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A stricken Sheffield boxer left fighting for life following a knockout punch has shown ‘signs of improvement’, his promoter has said.

Jerome Wilson, aged 29, has been in a medically-induced coma at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital since suffering a serious brain injury during a bout against Serge Ambomo at iceSheffield more than a week ago.

He was given lifesaving surgery to tackle a bleed on the brain and to relieve pressure inside his skull, and has since been kept sedated while doctors wait to assess the level of damage.

Jerome’s promoter, Dave Coldwell, said he was feeling hopeful after the boxer showed signs of recovery.

“It’s been a horrific time but with Jerome making improvements I’m feeling far more positive,” Dave said.

The boxer’s brother, Marvin, said Jerome ‘coughed and lifted his head up’ in bed, and that he was breathing 90 per cent independently.

“Yesterday he was blinking and squeezed my mother’s hand but shortly after they had to increase his sedation to put him in deeper sleep to give him more time and rest,” he added.

Dave said a Barclays bank account is being opened - under the name The Jerome Wilson Rehabilitation Fund - where proceeds from fundraising activities will be placed.

“This money won’t be taxed and is for his costs of after-care once out of hospital,” he added.

Jerome lives with his mum Brinneth, 49, in Arbourthorne, and is a self-employed fitness trainer.

“We anticipate a long road ahead,” said Dave.

Dozens of events have also been organised to support the fighter’s partner, mum-of-four Michelle Boyce, who has a young daughter with Jerome.