Lenin Castillo ‘responsive’ after being rushed to hospital after brutal knockout in lightweight fight against Callum Smith in painful scenes before Anthony Joshua fight
- Boxer Lenin Castillo suffered a painful knockout against Callum Smith
- The Dominican was knocked out in the second round in north London on Saturday
- Castillo’s legs appeared to be shaking and he was quickly taken care of by medics
- The boxer is believed to be responsive and was rushed to hospital
Lenin Castillo is responsive but was rushed to hospital after being knocked out by Callum Smith in Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title fight against Oleksandr Usyk.
A knockdown to the right of the Liverpudlian midway through the second round caught Castillo (now 21-4-1, 16KOs) low to the temple, leading referee Bob Williams to immediately stop the fight after the Dominican touched the canvas.
Smith (28-1, 20KO) jumped on the rope but cut his celebrations short out of concern for his battered foe, whose legs appeared to shake as paramedics quickly entered the ring at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Lenin Castillo is responsive and was rushed to hospital after suffering a brutal knockout
Castillo, 33, was treated for a few minutes before being taken on a stretcher to applause from those in attendance after the light heavyweight contest.
It is understood that Castillo was conscious before he was taken in an ambulance and promoter Eddie Hearn wrote on Twitter: “A horrible brutal knockout. Castillo is responsive and goes to the hospital. “
Smith, 31, was making his first foray at 175 pounds after suffering the first loss of his professional career last December when Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez snatched his WBA super middleweight title.
The Dominican was brought down by a heavy shot from Callum Smith in the second round in London
He has since split from longtime coach Joe Gallagher to join Buddy McGirt and Smith has shown he has carried his power to the new division against an opponent who has never been stopped before.
The first three uneventful minutes were followed by a dramatic end, with Smith’s short right hand finding its target to abruptly end the process.