Lenin Castillo had to be stretchered out of the ring and taken to the hospital on Saturday night after suffering a brutal knockout at the hands of Callum Smith in London.
Smith landed a punch right to Castillo’s head in the second round which sent him falling straight to the mat. Castillo’s legs started spasming as he was down. Castillo, knocked unconscious, remained on the canvas until medical personnel removed him on a stretcher.
The Dominican boxer’s was “responsive” as medical staff at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium tended to him on Saturday night before he was transported to a local hospital.
“It’s never nice to see that and you never want it to end that way,” Smith told the Liverpool Echo. “I apologized to his camp for celebrating — I hadn’t realized the extent that he was unresponsive. I hate when fighters celebrate when their opponent is in a bad way so I apologized.
“If it was one of my brothers lying there and an opponent celebrated I wouldn’t have liked it. It’s a sport at the end of the day. There’s more to life than boxing.”