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Toledo Fighter DeAndre Ware performed Heroic CPR Friday

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Toledo Fighter DeAndre Ware performed Heroic CPR Friday

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Toledo Fighter DeAndre Ware performed Heroic CPR Friday

A wild scene and a heroic life-saving measure were part of the Top Rank Boxing’s Friday fighter weigh-ins prior to their Saturday night’s ESPN televised card in Las Vegas.

This, as Super Middleweight fighter, DeAndre Ware, a firefighter from Toledo, Ohio, responded to a Top Rank official in distress by performing CPR on him.

Details are still being put together, but Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix offered this update Friday afternoon on social media:

Ware is 13 – 2 – 2 and is slated to fight in a 10-round bout on the undercard of the Jamel Herring-Jonathan Oquendo main event Saturday night at the MGM Grand Conference Center “bubble.”

Top Rank official Pete Susens apparently collapsed with Ware nearby, and Ware did not hesitate to put his paramedic training to use. It’s still unclear if Susens was suffering a full fledged heart attack or not? However, he is said to be stable Friday evening.

Ware was last in action on a Showtime Boxing televised under card in August of 2018, when he lost on an 8th round TKO to Vladimir Shishkin. He is taking on Steve Nelson Saturday night in the co-main event prior of Herring-Oquendo.

He later Friday afternoon relayed his own tweet about springing into action:

Ware’s most significant win to date came in February of 2019 by scoring a majority decision against previously unbeaten Ronald Ellis on another Showtime card in Rochester, NY. He won the WBC’s Continental America’s 168 lb. belt that night with two other secondary belts.

Here’s more on Ware from an item from the Toledo Fire/Rescue website about that win and his boxing/firefighting careers.

Clearly, Ware will be lauded as a hero and promoter Bob Arum should probably at least double his purse after what happened on Friday.

T J Rives

A veteran broadcaster of over 25 years, T.J. has been a fight fan longer than that! He’s the host of the “Big Fight Weekend” podcast and will go “toe to toe” with anyone who thinks that Marvin Hagler beat Sugar Ray Leonard or that Tyson, Lennox Lewis or Deontay Wilder could have beaten Ali!

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