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.
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.
August 6, 2005 |
Ruben Contreras returned to California Hospital Medical Center on Friday, making his way down the halls with the aid of a walker to thank the doctors and nurses who saved his life. When Contreras arrived at the facility in downtown Los Angeles 10 weeks ago, it was on a stretcher, near death because of a brain injury suffered in a flyweight match at Staples Center.
January 22, 2010 |
Ask Brian Viloria how his boxing career has gone and he's likely to mumble something about Death Valley and Mt. Everest. He has been a world champion twice, the first time for a year, starting in September 2005, and now, starting last April. In between was the pits, known in boxing as the Alameda Swap Meet in South L.A. The facts: Viloria is 29, the International Boxing Federation champion at 108 pounds, and will defend his title in Manila on Saturday night against Carlos Tamara.