ESPN LOSES MAIN EVENT AS O'CONNOR IS HOSPITALIZED
Weigh-in report from Fresno, California
According to an ESPN report, Danny O'Connor was admitted to a Fresno, California hospital suffering from severe dehydration, leading to the cancellation of his challenge for the WBC junior welterweight against Jose Ramirez. The fight was scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday) in Fresno, which is Ramirez's hometown. O'Connor's manager, Ken Casey, issued the following statement on Facebook: "Danny O’Connor's title fight off as he is admitted to hospital with severe dehydration and possible kidney failure (awaiting test results)... Danny woke this morning 2 pounds overweight which is perfectly normal. As he worked to lose the final two pounds before the afternoon weigh-in, it just wouldn’t come off. He collapsed leaving the sauna and EMT’s were called. He was rushed to the hospital and admitted suspecting his kidneys may have shut down . Please keep Danny in your prayers. He is in good hands now at the hospital."
ESPN will broadcast the remainder of the show, which is now headlined by a welterweight bout between Egidijus Kavaliauskas (19-0) of Lithuania and Juan Carlos Abreu (21-3-1) of the Domincan Republic. Promoter Top Rank has added a junior lightweight bout between Andy Vences (20-0-1) and Frank De Alba (21-3-1) to the ESPN broadcast. --Scott Shaffer