Teófimo López “could have died” in defeat to George Kambosos Jr, doctor says
Teófimo López lost to George Kambosos Jr. last week by split decision and then dropped out of the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and The Ring Magazine lightweight titles.
But a doctor said ESPN Saturday that López could have lost even more.
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“He could have died for sure,” Dr Linda Dahl told ESPN. “How he was breathing, I can’t even explain it to you. It’s like someone has tied a set of 300 pound weights around his chest… like his neck and chest are in a vise. C ‘that’s how he fought. “
Dahl, who reportedly reviewed Lopez’s medical records, told the outlet that the former boxing champion was diagnosed with “pneumomediastinum” and had “a lot of air in the retropharyngeal space.” According to John hopkins, pneumomediastinum is a “condition in which air is present in the mediastinum (the space in the chest between the two lungs). It can be caused by a traumatic injury or in association with pneumothorax or other diseases ”.
Dahl said there were air pockets around his chest, heart and neck. She said that if he had been punched in the neck or chest in an awkward way, he might have suffered collapsed lungs.
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She said the condition may have been caused by a small tear in her esophagus. According to ESPN, López started to feel short of breath before the weigh-in, but said he thought it was just asthma. He tested positive for COVID-19 in June.
López said he “had battled asthma before” and feared that if he disclosed it, the fight might have been called off. He said things got worse after the weigh-in when he and his team went to dinner.
“I sat at the back of the restaurant near the kitchen. Everyone is trying to burp me and relax. They see my neck is swollen. My voice has changed. At this point everyone is a little bit worried. I think my dad told me I should go to the hospital, and I said no because they’ll probably end up calling off the fight, “Lopez told ESPN.
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The embarrassed boxer was then taken to the ground by Kambosos en route to his defeat. Lopez’s team reportedly called Dahl on Monday for a quick checkup, and the doctor said Lopez was just lucky to be alive. She was taken aback by the way he was fighting with the air in his chest.