LONDON (May 3, 1998 - 11:03 EDT) -- British boxer Spencer Oliver was in
critical condition Sunday following brain
surgery to remove a *** clot following his European super-bantamweight title
fight against Ukrainian Sergei Devakov.
The 22-year-old Oliver, who was on a ventilator following three-hour operation
to remove the clot, was knocked down for the
second time in the Saturday bout in the 10th round. It was his fourth defense
of his European title.
Oliver had won his previous 14 fights and was ahead on points when Devakov
floored him with a right hand in the fight at
Royal Albert Hall in west London.
The champion staggered back, crashed to the floor and pulled himself up at the
nine count before referee Alfred Azaro stopped
He was also knocked down in the first round by a left hook.
Oliver, nicknamed the Omen, was a silver medalist at the Commonwealth Games in
Canada in 1994.
Oliver's injury comes two weeks after British boxer Chris Eubank was sent to
the hospital following his defeat in a punishing
12-round championship bout.