Featherweight Daniel Franco is in a medically induced coma following surgery to stop bleeding on his brain after he suffered a brutal knockout in a bout on Saturday.

The 25-year-old Franco (16-2-3, 11 KOs), battled Jose Haro, 30,  (14-1-1, 8 KOs). In the eighth round,  Franco took a hard right hand …

… and he hit the canvas in a strange way:

Franco was counted out and, according to a account in ESPN, seemed to be alert. But he eventually laid back down and the ring and had to be stretched out. ESPN said Franco was rushed to the hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery to stop two brain bleeds.

“At this point the doctors have told us the next 48 hours will be critical in regards to him making a complete recovery,” manager Ray Chaparro, who accompanied Franco to the hospital, said in a statement. “We ask for prayers from the boxing community at this time.”

His family has set up a Go Fund Me page to help with his medical expenses.

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