June 4, 2005 |
There were no autograph seekers when Ruben Contreras landed at LAX the night of May 25 for a fight three days later at Staples Center -- no media mob to hound him, no cameras or tape recorders. Scant attention was paid when Contreras weighed in two days later outside Staples Center in the shadow of Julio Cesar Chavez, who was the main attraction in the fight show the night of May 28. They share a homeland and profession, but little else.
September 8, 2005 |
What had always been his comfort zone was suddenly a twilight zone. Brian Viloria had known only happiness and accomplishment in the ring. He wasn't ready for the unexpected and horrifying to occur without warning. Throwing punches had long been exhilarating for Viloria, starting at the age of 6 when the targets were banana trees in his native Hawaii, which he pounded to strengthen his hands.
June 8, 2005 |
Boxer Ruben Contreras, who has been in critical condition since suffering a head injury in a May 28 fight in Staples Center, is breathing on his own for the first time and beginning to wake from his comatose state. But, in a news conference held Tuesday at California Hospital Medical Center, doctors emphasized that the road to recovery still could be long, and the outcome remains uncertain. "He has a severe brain injury," said Gudata Hinika, the hospital's trauma medical director.
July 2, 2005 |
Ruben Contreras, the boxer who suffered a serious head injury in a May 28 fight at Staples Center, has made what doctors call "very good" progress and is now sitting up and responding to simple commands. After spending more than a month at California Hospital Medical Center -- much of that time in a coma -- Contreras has been transferred to a rehabilitation center in Downey. "The question is, how far will he recover?" said Dr. David Duarte, a trauma surgeon at California Hospital.
June 2, 2005 |
Officials of the California State Athletic Commission will conduct an investigation of Saturday's boxing match at Staples Center in which flyweight Ruben Contreras suffered a serious head injury. Contreras, 32, was in stable condition Wednesday as he was being weaned off medication that put him in a medically induced coma, after 2 1/2 hours of surgery to remove a blood clot around his brain.
August 4, 2005 |
Ruben Contreras is going home. Ten weeks after suffering a brain injury in a boxing match at Staples Center that left him close to death, and five weeks after entering the Rancho Los Amigos rehabilitation center in Downey, the 32-year-old fighter, a native of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, is scheduled for release Friday, according to Ziyad Ayyoub, a physician at the facility. "He suffered a severe traumatic brain injury," Ayyoub said. "There cannot be a worse one.