Prichard Colon’s whereabouts in 2021 are unknown. Last month, the promising boxer underwent an operation that drew attention to his condition following a 2015 fight with Terrel Williams.
Who is Prichard Colon?
Former professional boxer Prichard Colon Melendez, a gold medalist at the 2010 Panamerican Youth Championships, is an American citizen. Among his peers, many thought he had a bright future in the game.
Maitland, Florida, is where the 28-year-old was born and raised. Nieves and Richard Colon, a retired military officer, are his parents. Prichard’s family relocated to Puerto Rico when he was ten years old so that he could compete for the island in boxing tournaments.
— Premier Boxing Champions (@premierboxing) September 20, 2019
After graduating from high school, Colon enrolled at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazon in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he studied business administration.
After winning gold in the 64kg category at the 2010 Panamerican Youth Championships, he turned professional with a record of 170–15.
The injury that changed Prichard Colon’s life
Terrel Williams, an American boxer, was Prichard’s first opponent since turning professional in 2012.
On a ninth-round disqualification after Williams knocked down Colon twice and Colon’s corner removed his gloves, mistaking the tenth and final round for the tenth and final round, Williams won the fight.
“It was a nasty, ugly fight on both sides,” Ring TV said. Referee Joseph Cooper docked the Puerto Rican fighter two points for a low blow. William’s point was taken away because of his rabbit-punching offence.
Praying for Prichard Colon everyday 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/BbDz3bO0eF
— Eddie Chambers (@champfasteddie) October 21, 2015
Colon was unconscious for 221 days after the fight. Despite his best efforts, he was unable to walk and was confined to his bed. He had a brain bleed as a result of an injury he sustained in the fight.
In his dressing room, he became dizzy and nauseous, according to reports. He left the ring on his own accord.
On October 17, 2015, Colon underwent surgery to relieve the pressure on his brain following the fight in Las Vegas.
How is he doing in 2021? Will he ever recover?
The former boxer was resurrected after a TikTok video went viral. People are curious about Prichard’s current condition and whether he will ever fully recover.
As of June 2021, N1kemo123 had over 800,000 likes on the TikTok clip, which was posted by the user. Prichard’s condition was shown in before-and-after clips, and a user wrote, “Hope you get well one day Prichard.”
Why don’t you tell us about him. No, he will never be the same Prichard Colon. In Orange Park, Florida, the 28-year-old is still receiving occupational therapy from Brooks Rehabilitation.
In order to relieve the pressure on his brain and allow it to expand and heal, a left hemisphere craniotomy, a section of his skull, was performed.
Nieves, his mother, has taken over as his primary caregiver. Her son’s condition was described by a neurologist in September 2017 as being in an unresponsive wakefulness state (UWS), which was previously known as the vegetative state.
— Golden Boy (@GoldenBoyBoxing) October 20, 2015
Despite having a sleep/wake cycle, people in the UWS do not communicate with one another on a regular basis. While at Brooks in March 2018, Prichard was able to communicate through his eyes.
Prichard’s eyes were calibrated to an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device, and he was able to answer yes/no questions in both English and Spanish with 80% accuracy, according to Brooks.
He began physical and occupational therapy in June of this year. As of January 2019, he was able to perform some shoulder work, grasp and release pegs, and follow commands. Within a month, his hands had improved and he was able to stand on his own.
Using therapists and assistive devices, Prichard has since walked the length of a football field. He is also able to sit unaided for more than five minutes at a time.
The World Boxing Council (WBC) announced last month that Prichard Colon had successfully undergone additional surgery.
Following a fight in 2015, “Prichard suffered serious health consequences,” according to the WBC.
It was discovered recently that his skull had collapsed, putting pressure on the brain, necessitating the removal of a fragment and the installation of a plate.
The surgery was a success, and the patient is recovering well.
“The doctor has already arrived to give the results of my son’s surgery, the champion Prichard Colón Meléndez,” Nieves told the same publication.
“It was a successful day. Thanks to everyone who’s been keeping my son’s well-being in your thoughts and prayers.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Prichard as he continues his road to recovery.
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