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Boxing stunned by ‘grotesque’ injury

BATTERED boxer Anthony Yigit has praised the doctor who saved him from potentially being blinded after suffering this horrific eye injury.

The Swedish brawler’s left eye expanded to the size of a cricket ball during his World Boxing Super Series defeat on Sunday, The Sun reports.

Yigit took a pummelling from Ivan Baranchyk in their super-lightweight championship quarter-final bout in New Orleans,

His grotesque swelling was apparent to everyone apart from his own corner, who somehow failed to throw in the towel.

Anthony Yigit’s face is pummelled by Ivan Baranchyk.Source:Twitter

It reached gigantic proportions by the end of the fifth but Yigit, whose vision was completely blocked by the growth, kept going until the seventh.

Only then did the fight doctor decide to end the contest — a decision the 27-year-old fiercely protested.

Baranchyk, who could face Scotland’s Josh Taylor in the semi-final, hailed Yigit as a “tough guy” after the fight.

Anthony Yigit’s face is absolutely devastated after fight with Ivan Baranchyk.Source:Twitter

While that is not in doubt, Yigit saw it fit to praise the doctor who saved him from a potentially devastating injury as the real hero.

Alongside an image of his swollen eye, Yigit tweeted: “Don’t know what to think about this picture being the reason I’m famous on the internets but than you all for commenting Quasimodo pictures.

“Nothing is damaged around or in the eye.

“It’s just grotesquely swollen. Also, doctor stopping the fight did his job and he did it well.”

This was Yigit’s first professional defeat in his 23 fights.

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Well, that didn't go as planned.. The gameplan was to be competitive in the first couple rounds but keep the distance and then take over in the latter rounds. I got drawn in to unnecessary fights with him and that's where he wanted me. I was down 2 rounds with two of the judges scorecards and one judge had it even, coming in to the 8th round. With 5 more rounds to go I was quite certain I could've flipped it. The eye is ok (looks worse than it is), got a couple of stitches above the eyebrow from a cut, drained blood from my ear and also got a small fracture in my jaw in the 5th round. A tough Saturday night, in other words. I just want to say thank you to everyone who's been supporting me and cheering for me. I hope you enjoyed my fight even though it didn't go my way but I will come back stronger. Love you all! ❤️

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Well, that didn’t go as planned.. The gameplan was to be competitive in the first couple rounds but keep the distance and then take over in the latter rounds. I got drawn in to unnecessary fights with him and that’s where he wanted me. I was down 2 rounds with two of the judges scorecards and one judge had it even, coming in to the 8th round. With 5 more rounds to go I was quite certain I could’ve flipped it. The eye is ok (looks worse than it is), got a couple of stitches above the eyebrow from a cut, drained blood from my ear and also got a small fracture in my jaw in the 5th round. A tough Saturday night, in other words. I just want to say thank you to everyone who’s been supporting me and cheering for me. I hope you enjoyed my fight even though it didn’t go my way but I will come back stronger. Love you all! ❤️

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Don’t know what to think about this picture being the reason I’m famous on the internets but thank you all for commenting Quasimodo pictures. Nothing is damaged around or in the eye. It’s just grotesquely swollen. Also, doctor stopping the fight did his job and he did it well.?? pic.twitter.com/SGMypXgLyD

His injury is similar to the one that caused uproar in British boxing when Nick Blackwell was left in a coma with a horrific injuries after a brutal British middleweight title defeat to Chris Eubank Jr in March, 2016.

Blackwell collapsed after the bout and was rushed to St Mary’s in Paddington, where he spent a week in a medically-induced coma having suffered bleeding on the skull.

The image of Blackwell’s contorted face went viral around the globe and sparked widespread condemnation for why Eubank had to take it on himself not to aim punches at Blackwell’s head after the referee chose not to stop the fight earlier in the contest.

Nick Blackwell collapsed in the ring after being beaten by Chris Eubank Jr in a one sided fight. He is induced in a Coma with bleeding on the brain. This is why ref’s and corner men need to do their jobs properly. Fighters are too tough & prideful to quit even if it’s for their own good! This is where cornermen and ref’s simply need to be more responsible. We wish Nick Blackwell a fast recovery ? #NickBlackwell #PrayForBlackWell #ChrisEubankJr #EubankBlackwell

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— This story originally appeared in thesun.co.uk

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