Daniel Franco was taken to hospital last night, following his knockout loss to Jose Haro at the WinnaVegas Casino and Resort in Sloan, Iowa.
Franco was caught with an overhand right in the eighth round of the USBA title fight which was broadcast on CBS Sports.
Al Franco, Daniel’s father, later announced that his son suffered head trauma, including bleeding, and that he would be placed in a medically induced coma as he required emergency surgery.
“Ok everyone, Daniel suffered head trauma in his fight in Iowa, and he had to have emergency surgery,” Franco wrote. “He had two small veins that were bleeding, and the doctors were able to take care of them. They had to open up his skull to relieve the pressure and repair the veins.”
“He is in a medically induced coma, and we will have more information soon as possible. This go fund me account is needed to help with current and future expenses. We do not have any idea of what we are looking at financially so we are only asking for a small amount. Please share this as much as possible. He will be here at best case scenario weeks or months before he will be able to be moved back to California. We have a lot to prepare for mentally and unfortunately financially. Thank you all, and please keep him in your prayers.”
Daniel’s manager, Ray Chaparro, speaking from the Hospital said that the next 48 hours would be critical for Daniel.
“At this point, the doctors have told us the next 48 hours will be critical in regards to him making a complete recovery,” said Chapparo. “We ask for prayers from the boxing community at this time.”
A Go Fund Me page has been set up by family members to assist with the incoming expenses – https://www.gofundme.com/3x0mfcg