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Magomed Abdusalamov to begin rehabilitation on Monday

Fighters Network

Nathan Lewkowicz, a promoter of Magomed “Mago” Abdusalamov, informed on Saturday that the 32-year-old heavyweight’s is expected to enter the Helen Hayes Hospital, in West Haverstraw, N.Y., to begin rehabilitation as early as Monday.

Having been placed in a medically induced coma by doctors until Dec. 10, the result of a brutal 10-round unanimous decision loss on Nov. 2 to Mike Perez, Abdusalamov will have his hospital bills covered by and at least two months of his rehab paid for by Russian promoter Andrey Ryabinsky, according to Lewkowicz.

“He’s supposed to go into the rehab facility hopefully on Monday, because I believe Ryabinsky, the promoter from Russia, is going to pay for the bills,” said Lewkowicz of Abdusalamov, who had been removed from the intensive care unit and into a main room at New York’s St. Luke’s Hospital early last week.

“I gave him the wiring information and he said that he was going to send the wire yesterday, so I know that from Russia, it takes like a day or two to get to the account. So once they have the down payment, then they’re going to take Magomed and accept him into the rehab facility.”

Ryabinsky is the man who bankrolled October’s unanimous decision defense by RING, IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko over Alexander Povetkin.

According to Chicago-based attorney, John Wirt, who represents Ryabinsky on behalf of OblStroy Finance Limited promotional company, Vladimir Hryunov was representing Ryabinsky in April when he bid $23,333,330 toward the Klitschko-Povetkin bout. 

Hryunov’s bid was far above the minimum required of $1 million, and surpassed those of K2 Promotions and Sauerland Event ($7.1 million and $6.01 million, respectively).

As the WBA’s “super champion,” Klitschko received a favorable 75-to-25 percent split of the purse, or  $17,499,997.50 compared to $5,833,332.50. Both amounts were career-highs for Klitschko and Povetkin.

When he returns to the ring on the Jan. 18 undercard of a main event featuring former IBF super middleweight titleholder Lucian Bute against light heavyweight ex-beltholder Jean Pascal at Bell Centre in Montreal, Perez will be donating a portion of his purse to Abdusalamov’s family and will honor him in the ring by having  “Mago’s” name stitched on his trunks. Fans can also make donations to Abdusalamov and his family through



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