Burgos out of ICU, steadily improving

Updated: March 28, 2007, 5:00 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Victor Burgos' life is out of danger.

The flyweight boxer from Mexico, who suffered a brain injury in a world title fight March 3, remains hospitalized but has been moved out of intensive care and into a regular hospital room, according to a spokesman for promoter Don King.

"It all sounds really positive. He's breathing on his own," King public relations director Alan Hopper said Wednesday.

Burgos, a former junior flyweight titlist, suffered the injury during a 12th-round knockout loss to flyweight beltholder Vic Darchinyan in a bout at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

After the fight, Burgos underwent surgery at Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, Calif., to remove a blood clot in his brain. He was also placed in a medically induced coma to help relieve swelling of his brain.

Burgos' steady improvement allowed doctors to take him out of the coma and, late last week, he was moved to a regular room at the hospital, said Hopper, who has been receiving updates on his condition from Juan Gonzalez, a Don King Productions representative who has been with Burgos.

Burgos, 32, had been on a ventilator, but is now breathing on his own.

"A tube in his throat had been removed earlier, but residual soreness still makes it difficult for him to speak above a whisper," Gonzalez said in an e-mail to Hopper. "Victor has been recognizing friends and family members that come to visit. He was also visited by two of his children for the first time [Monday]."

Darchinyan, one of the heaviest punchers in the small weight divisions, dominated the fight. He knocked Burgos (39-15-3, 23 KOs), the mandatory challenger, down in the second round and was giving him a beating until referee Jon Schorle stopped it at 1:27 of the final round.

Burgos won a world title at 108 pounds by stopping Alex "Nene" Sanchez in Las Vegas in the 12th round in February 2003. He made two title defenses before losing his belt via decision to Will Grigsby in May 2005 and then moving up to 112 pounds.

Dan Rafael is the boxing writer for ESPN.com

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