A Russian boxer is fighting for his life after the 'right side of his skull' was removed by surgeons following serious head injuries in a major fight.
Maxim Dadashev is now in a medically induced coma in the US as his wife rushed to his hospital bedside from St Petersburg.
The 28-year-old lightweight fighter suffered a subdural haematoma in a 140-pound world title eliminator against Puerto Rican Subriel Matias at MGM National Harbor in suburban Washington.
A Russian boxer is fighting for his life after the 'right side of his skull' was removed by surgeons
Maxim Dadashev is in a medically induced coma in US as his wife rushed to his bedside
He struggled to walk out of the ring and collapsed in front of spectators before leaving arena
Dadashev - nicknamed Mad Max - took repeated violent blows to the head before his trainer Buddy McGirt halted the bout following the 11th round.
He struggled to walk out of the ring and collapsed in front of spectators before leaving the arena.
His condition rapidly 'deteriorated'. The boxer vomited and lost consciousness, reported gazeta.ru in Russia.
Dadashev was rushed to hospital in Washington where part of his skull was removed to relieve swelling in his brain during emergency surgery.
Dadashev - nicknamed Mad Max - took repeated blows to the head against Subriel Matias
He suffered extensive bleeding, according to reports.
Doctors say it is too early to make any forecasts over his recovery, reported gazeta.ru in Russia.
His manager Egis Klimas said: 'Dadashev experienced brain swelling, so the right side of his skull was removed.
'Within the next couple of days the swelling should decrease. Let's hope that the part of the skull will be put back in place.
'The doctor says that Max may come back to normal life.'
His condition rapidly 'deteriorated' and his wife (right) has now rushed to his bedside
The manager added: 'Right now, he's in critical condition, but the doctor told me that he's stable.'
Famous coach Abror Tursunpultanov who knows the boxer said: 'I am praying for Max… I just saw the news in my phone and got terrified… I have spoken to Max's physical development coach and he told me that a good experienced doctor