To access the GoFundMe page for Ludumo Lamati, click here.
On May 27, Luis Alberto Lopez and Michael Conlan headlined a card in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Prior to the main event, Nick Ball faced Ludumo Lamati in a featherweight contender bout. The fight ended in the final minute of the twelfth round when Lamati’s corner threw in the towel. Shortly afterwards, Lamati collapsed in his corner and needed medical attention. There was significant concern for the wellbeing of Lamati as the event was paused to ensure that he made it safely to the hospital.
Boxing5 Promotions updates
Boxing5 Promotions, who are the promoters of Lamati, have been providing regular updates of his condition via their Instagram account. The earliest update they provided on Lamati came on May 28 when they posted the following:
“On Sat 27th May Ludumo Lamati was taken to the Belfast hospital. On arrival, numerous tests and scans were carried out. He is currently under hospital care and the latest feedback from the medical team, this morning, is that his vital signs are stable. We will provide further updates as soon as they become available. Please keep him in your prayers.”
On May 29, they provided a second update:
“Ludumo is still being closely monitored and taken care of by the excellent doctors in Belfast. His vital signs are stable and we are hoping that they will slowly stop the sedation from tomorrow onwards. This is a process that takes time and healing. Please continue to send positive thoughts and prayers.”
The most recent update came on May 30 when Boxing5 Promotions made the following statement:
“Updated scans from the medical staff in Ireland have been completed and the results back by the surgeons have been positive. The team will now look to reduce Ludumo’s medication tomorrow. This will start to bring him out of his induced state and give us the status of the injury with a more informed diagnosis of the recovery time needed. We thank all South Africans for the well wishes and prayers for a speedy recovery.”
Frank Warren update
Frank Warren, promoter of the event, spoke to iFL TV and gave an update on Lamati’s health:
“He had a bleed to his brain [and] had an operation. The doctor put him into a drug induced coma which they do with most people who have head injuries…He’s apparently very stable [and] we got a couple people on the ground over there who are monitoring the situation in Belfast for him. His team flew home. We at Queensberry have reached out to get his family over here…I believe they arrive sometime today [June 1] or tomorrow [June 2].”
There is an ongoing fundraiser on GoFundMe started by Belfast boxers for Lamati. Those looking to donate can use this link. All donations go towards helping his family in this difficult time.