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May 29, 2005 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
A 32-year-old Mexican fighter was in critical condition Saturday night after suffering brain damage in a fight at Staples Center. Flyweight Ruben Contreras underwent surgery at California Hospital Medical Center to relieve pressure from bleeding on the brain after he collapsed following his fight against Brian Viloria. Contreras, from Ciudad Juarez, was fighting on the undercard of the Julio Cesar Chavez-Ivan Robinson bout.
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January 22, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
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.
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May 30, 2005 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
Flyweight Ruben Contreras continued to fight for his life Sunday in a Los Angeles hospital a day after suffering a serious head injury in a match against Brian Viloria at Staples Center. Contreras, who underwent 2 1/2 hours of surgery at California Hospital Medical Center late Saturday night to relieve pressure caused by bleeding around the brain, remains in critical condition. "He still has some ways to go. He is still in danger for his life right now," said trauma surgeon Dr. David Duarte.
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September 8, 2005 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
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.
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June 4, 2005 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
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.
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September 8, 2005 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
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.
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June 8, 2005 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
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.
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July 2, 2005 | David Wharton, Times Staff Writer
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.
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June 2, 2005 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
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.
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August 4, 2005 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
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.
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August 6, 2005 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
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.
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August 4, 2005 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
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.
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July 2, 2005 | David Wharton, Times Staff Writer
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.
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June 8, 2005 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
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.
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June 4, 2005 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
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.
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June 2, 2005 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
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.
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January 22, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
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.
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August 6, 2005 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
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.
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May 30, 2005 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
Flyweight Ruben Contreras continued to fight for his life Sunday in a Los Angeles hospital a day after suffering a serious head injury in a match against Brian Viloria at Staples Center. Contreras, who underwent 2 1/2 hours of surgery at California Hospital Medical Center late Saturday night to relieve pressure caused by bleeding around the brain, remains in critical condition. "He still has some ways to go. He is still in danger for his life right now," said trauma surgeon Dr. David Duarte.
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May 30, 2005 | J.A. Adande
You can see the California Hospital Medical Center from the corner of 11th and Figueroa, right outside Staples Center. The buildings are only 4 1/2 blocks apart, and you wonder about the fickle turns of fate that brought Ruben Contreras to both of those places Saturday. Contreras was called in from Mexico as a last-minute replacement when Brian Viloria's opponent withdrew last week. In boxing's limited pool of flyweights, many of whom can be found in Mexico, Contreras was a perfect candidate.
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