Family of Boxer Prichard Colon Sues Several Parties for $50 Million

By Mike Sloan May 4, 2017
According to a report early Thursday afternoon, the parents of fallen boxer Prichard Colon have a filed a $50 million lawsuit in Superior Court of the District of Columbia, stemming from life-threatening injuries Colon suffered on national television on Oct. 17, 2015.

The suit targets most of those involved with the fight who were on site at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Va., The lawsuit has also filed against Family Practice Medical Services PC, ringside physician Richard Ashby, DiBella Entertainment and Headbangers Promotions.

Fightnews.com was the first to report the story.

Colon (16-1, 13 KOs) entered his battle with Terrel Williams as one of the most promising young contenders in the welterweight division. He and Williams waged an exciting battle via Premier Boxing Champions, though it was marred by flagrant fouls, retaliation and plenty of controversy. After being rocked by a left hook in the fifth, Colon delivered what referee Joseph Cooper deemed an intentional foul when he blasted his foe’s groin with a vicious uppercut. Cooper docked two points from Colon, but matters between the two only worsened.

Colon was pelted by a thudding blow to the back of his head in the seventh and he immediately clutched his cranium. Colon was eventually disqualified by Cooper at the start of the 10th when his corner cut off his gloves, thinking the fight was over. As it turns out, the absentminded removal of the pugilist’s gloves may wind up saving his life, though the damage was already done.

The young fighter reportedly first complained to his corner after the seventh frame of dizziness and while he was in his locker room shortly after the contest, he suffered from additional dizzy spells, vomited and then fainted. On-site paramedics rushed to his aid and immediately brought him to nearby Inova Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Va., where he slipped into a coma. Unfortunately, Colon has never regained consciousness and Williams (15-0, 12 KOs) has been so distraught over what happened that he hasn’t fought since.

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