Say A Prayer For Canadian Cruiserweight David Whittom, in a Coma, Critical Condition
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Journeyman Canadian cruiserweight boxer David Whittom remains in critical condition at Saint John’s Hospital in Canada in a medically induced coma, after getting stopped at 2:23 of the tenth round by Gary Kopas in a vacant Canadian Professional Boxing Council cruiserweight title bout at Aitken Centre, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, on Saturday, May 27, 2017.
Whittom, 38 years old, 12-24-1 with eight knockouts, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, is a 13 year veteran who turned pro in 2004. He began his career a respectable 7-1-1, then turned into a trial horse, losing 25 of his last 30 pro bouts. Such a dismal record would seem to rule out a title bout of any kind, but the regional title match was still sanctioned.
Whittom’s opponent, 8-11-2 Gary Kopas of Saskatchewan, is hardly a threaten, having gone winless in right consecutive bouts between 2013 and 2015 in Canada. Kopas defeated his last three opponents in 2016 and 2017. Whittom lost 11 of his last 12 bouts, his only win coming by stoppage over an opponent with a record of 0-11.
Whittom’s record has some interesting names. Whittom lost a 10 rounder to Adonis Stevenson in 2007, lost a six round decision to Joe Spina in 2008, lost a 10 rounder to Manny Siaca in 2008, and lost an eight rounder to Adrian Diaconu in 2009. Diaconu was 25-0 when Whittom fought him. Losses like these were enough to discourage a good fighter from his prime objective of winning. Whittom took the check instead of the win beyond a certain point.
Whittom got off the canvas and appeared fine. Later at his hotel with his girlfriend and mother he complained of a headache and appeared nauseous. After hospitalization, a brain injury was discovered. Brain surgery was performed on Sunday, May 28, 2017. Whittom, ahead on the scorecards at the time of the knockout, battled alcohol and drug problems in the past, but was clean for the past 26 months, and was in shape for his bout with Kopas.