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Boxer fights for life after collapsing before debut

He was rushed to hospital for brain op after tragedy struck at sparring session

Published on Nov 9, 2012 6:00 AM
Shahril Salim, 21, was slated to make his debut as a professional boxer tonight at MBS. He had told The Straits Times three weeks ago how he wanted to make something of himself after being orphaned when he was 10. -- ST FILE PHOTO

Shahril Salim was supposed to be making his debut as a professional boxer at Marina Bay Sands (MBS) tonight. Instead, the 21-year-old is now fighting for his life at the Singapore General Hospital.

He was rushed to hospital for emergency brain surgery on Oct 28 after collapsing following a group sparring session at the Juggernaut Fight Club in Boat Quay.

Shahril and fellow trainee Syafiq Abdul Samad were preparing to make their debuts on the undercard of World Boxing Association featherweight champion Chris John's title defence against Thailand's Chonlatarn Piryanpinyo tonight when tragedy struck.

As a sign of good faith, MBS and event promoter Dragon Fire Boxing have each pledged $10,000 towards his medical expenses, even though they are not liable in any way.

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