Report/photo by Boxing Bob Newman
Encouraging news on fallen fighter Alexander Mengis. Mengis was defending his German International welterweight title in Berlin last night, when he was brutally KO’d by challenger Stefan Worth in the ninth round of a give-and-take fight. After a lengthy delay in the rear of the arena where he was examined by the ringside physician for nearly thirty minutes, Mengis was brought down to the ambulance where he spent another ten minutes while paper work was filled out! Two IBF physicians who were on hand exhorted the crew to get the stricken fighter to the hospital for much need CT scans on his brain.
Early this morning, it was learned by Fightnews that Mengis did have a 3cm blood clot in the subdural area of the brain and was in a medically induced coma to reduced agitation and further possible swelling. It was later learned that Mengis was taken out of the coma and was being closely monitored in intensive care at a local hospital. No surgery has been undertaken at this time and it is felt that the clot will resolve on it’s own.
Promoters Robert and Eva Rolle were visibly shaken after the bout. Eva Rolle spoke to Fightnews this morning, and said she will urge the GBA ringside physicians to attend the upcoming boxing medical seminar in Italy this Summer. She also said Mengis will obviously never fight again and his various boxing licenses will be revoked permanently. Rolle said after his recovery, she’ll get Mengis set up working in the outreach program to help disadvantaged children, a background from which Mengis came. Fightnews wishes Alexander Mengis a speedy and complete recovery.