Prichard Colon: Accident, Who Punched, Referee Fired, Brain Damage

Prichard Colon Melendez is an American former professional boxer, honorary WBC World Champion, and gold medal winner at the 2010 Panamerican Youth Championship in the 64 kg category.

Prichard Colon: Accident, Who Punched, Referee Fired, Brain Damage

Accident:

The injury that changed Prichard Colon’s life

 He was in a persistent vegetative state, confined to a bed and required a wheelchair to move. He suffered a brain bleed from an injury sustained during the bout. … Colon underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain after the fight on 17 October 2015.

Remembering Prichard Colón – The Boxer Who Got Paralyzed After Getting Hit With Illegal Shots… While he could battle enough to survive, Colon’s boxing dreams came to an end. It’s been over half a decade since that incident. However, boxing fans haven’t moved on from the traumatizing memories from the fight.

Who punched:

Beginning with the first round of their bout at EagleBank Arena, Colon complained that Williams was repeatedly striking him behind her head. In the fifth round, Colon had two points deducted for hitting Williams with a low blow that referee Joe Cooper ruled was intentional, after a grimacing Williams went down.

“Prichard was a kid who didn’t complain,” his father said. “He just didn’t complain.

Refree Fired:

Prichard Colon: Accident, Who Punched, Referee Fired, Brain Damage

Joe Cooper is also known (in the boxing world) as a very questionable referee with some of the fights he refereed ending in a controversial manner. At one point in the fight, after another illegal blow to the back of Colon’s head, Colon succumbed to the illegal blows and was knocked down.

The parents of former boxer Prichard Colon filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking more than $50 million from the ringside doctor and promoters connected with the Oct. 17, 2015, bout in Fairfax, Virginia, that left Colon in a persistent vegetative state.

Real name Prichard no Colón Meléndez
Nickname(s) Digget
Weight(s) Super welterweight
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Reach 74 in (188 cm)
Nationality American
Born September 19, 1992 (age 29)
Maitland, Florida, U.S.

Brian Damage:

Once a surging star, Colon had fallen prey to severely cheap antics inside the boxing ring, that ultimately caused him paralysis and life-threatening brain damage. While he could battle enough to survive, Colon’s boxing dreams came to an end. It’s been over half a decade since that incident.

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