A former UFC fighter from Alberta is fighting for his life following a boxing match in Edmonton Friday.
Tim Hague suffered a brain injury after he was knocked out by opponent and former Edmonton Eskimos player, Adam Braidwood, during a KO Boxing event at the Shaw Conference Centre.
“Tim remains in critical condition. We are all with him,” said his sister Jackie Neil in a Facebook post Saturday.
“We ask for prayers and privacy at this awful, unexpected time,” Hague’s family said in a statement sent to CTV News.
The fight lasted two rounds before a left hook knocked Hague to the ground. A post-fight video showed Hague leaving the ring under his own power, but he was soon rushed to the hospital, according to KO boxing.
According to a Facebook post by Alberta Professional Boxing, he underwent brain surgery to relieve pressure from a brain bleed.
“Nobody wants to see something like this happen. It’s a freak accident. It doesn’t happen often,” said local boxer Jelena Mrdjenovich, who was in the crowd during the fight.
Hague is originally from Boyle, Alta. and fights out of Edmonton. He used to be a kindergarten teacher before transitioning into mixed martial arts and UFC fighting. In 2016 he made the move to boxing.
In a video post promoting the June 16 fight, Hague said he stepped up to fight Braidwood with only “a few weeks notice” as Braidwood didn’t have an opponent.
Braidwood is currently ranked first in heavyweight boxing in western Canada and is ranked ninth overall with KO boxing.
Many were asking why the fight wasn’t stopped long before the knockout. Alberta Professional Boxing said that the three knockdown rule wasn’t enforced that night.
The commission that oversees boxing in Alberta has declined to comment.