Eduard Gutknecht was left in a coma after losing to George Groves
The judges unanimously went for Groves after a gruelling 12 rounds of boxing at Wembley Arena.
But the evening, which should have been a celebration of the Brit announcing himself as ready for another world title shot, took a turn for the worse when Gutknecht collapsed in his dressing room.
What happened to Eduard Gutknecht on the night he fought George Groves?
The German had taken a lot of punishment during the fight despite landing the first good shot of the night.
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It only served to liven up his opponent who produced a slick display of boxing and opened up a cut above Gutknecht’s eye in the ninth round.
He did well to keep his feet for the rest of the fight but it had clearly taken its toll when he left his dressing room on a stretcher.
Gutknecht was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery due to swelling on his brain.
Doctors were satisfied that his organs were functioning normally but ‘Energy Eddy’, as he was known during his boxing career, was put into a medically induced coma.
Groves refused to talk about the fight afterwards out of respect for his opponent but Gutknecht’s team retained hope of a full recovery.
“Eddy has his dream of boxing against George Groves and again to reach for the world champion crown,” a statement read.
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“Now he has to wake up [and have] a full recovery, so he can be there for his family again. Eddy you can do it! Eddy you're strong!"
How long was Eduard Gutknecht in a coma?
The Groves v Gutknecht fight took place on November 18, 2016 and he was sedated for two days after surgery.
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However, even as doctors attempted to wake him up, Gutknecht remained in a coma for a total of six weeks after the fight.
What is Eduard Gutknecht’s status now?
Gutknecht’s wife did an interview last month revealing that the father-of-three is not able to walk or speak and doctors believe he will be reliant on care for the rest of his life.
He is only able to communicate by nodding and the family are having to adapt their home to his disability.
“It’s already a miracle he has survived,” Julia Gutknecht told World Boxing News.
“The right hemisphere is almost completely damaged.
“And he suffered several strokes again and again in the whole brain.”