Medical Update on Lenin Castillo – Boxer Who Suffered a Seizure After Brutal KO on Anthony Joshua’s Undercard

Published 09/27/2021, 7:21 AM EDT
Boxing – Callum Smith v Lenin Castillo – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 25, 2021 Callum Smith during his fight against Lenin Castillo Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge


Callum Smith faced Lenin Castillo on Saturday night on the undercard of the Joshua vs Usyk fight. Callum Smith looked to go back to winning ways in his first fight following his loss to Canelo Alvarez. He fought the 33-year-old Dominican fighter, Lenin Castillo.

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In the second round of the fight, Smith delivered a straight right hook that landed straight on his temple. The punch knocked Castillo down and caused his legs to spasm as he lay prone on the mat. Eddie Hearn reported that Castillo was responsive but needed medical attention right after the bout.

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Journalist Dan Rafael provided an update on the Dominican fighter via Twitter. Castillo left the hospital and everything seemed fine. He will now travel back home and look to recover.

Callum ‘Mundo’ Smith reflected on the brutal knockout saying, “It’s not nice. I celebrated before and then I realized how bad it was. That’s the last thing you want to see. Boxing is a tough enough sport as it is and we all have families to go home to.”

Boxing – Callum Smith v Lenin Castillo – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 25, 2021 Callum Smith celebrates winning his fight against Lenin Castillo Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

The fight and the punch were a reminder to boxers and non-boxers as well, of the dangers associated with the sport of boxing. One truly can not ‘play boxing’. The sweet science can cause permanent damage to a healthy fighter and that is the risk every boxer takes every time they step into the ring.

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What’s next for Callum Smith after a brutal knockout victory against Lenin Castillo?

Callum Smith lost his undefeated record and his WBA and Ring magazine titles to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez back in December 2020. Since then The Briton fought for the first time on Saturday as he faced Lenin Castillo.

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With just one loss under his name, Callum Smith remains a top contender at Super-middleweight and will look to make another title run and challenge Canelo Alvarez again. Who do you think Smith should fight next?

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Combat Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in English Literature. Allan is a semi-professional football player for Diego Juniors FC.

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