American boxer Gerald McClellan was in critical condition on life support machines after surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain. He suffered the injury during a punishing 10-round loss Saturday to British super-middleweight champion Nigel Benn.
Physicians at London’s Royal Hospital said they believed McClellan would live, but that his survival would depend on the degree of swelling his brain would experience over the next 48 hours.
With his family flying here from his home in Freeport, Ill., there was uncertainty over what sort of life McClellan would be able to lead should he survive. His boxing days, his family and others said, are over.