David Light: New Zealand boxer who had a mild stroke now recovering

The statement states, "David reported no adverse effects following the bout and returned to New Zealand on April 1."

David Light in a boxing match (Credit-Twitter)
By Pushkar Pandey | May 5, 2023 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

After having a mild stroke only a few weeks after losing to Lawrence Okolie in March, David Light is reportedly receiving treatment in a hospital. The British fighter outclassed the New Zealander in their fight for the WBO cruiserweight championship in Manchester, and Okolie won by unanimous decision after failing to stop Light inside the distance.

Even though a preliminary CT scan came back clear, Light is said to have sought medical attention after feeling unwell upon returning to New Zealand after the fight. He was later diagnosed with a delayed concussion before being released. Light was admitted to Waitakere Hospital on April 17 due to persistent symptoms, and a formal statement issued by Peach Boxing has since confirmed that he had a mild stroke.

Delayed concussion was identified

The statement states, “David reported no adverse effects following the bout and returned to New Zealand on April 1.” On April 5, David started to feel ill and went to the doctor. He underwent a CT scan, which revealed no issues. A delayed concussion was identified, and he was then released.

David’s symptoms persisted, so on April 17 he was checked into Waitakere Hospital. Another CT scan revealed no issues. A blood clot was discovered after David underwent a contrast CT scan. That evening, David had “clot retrieval” surgery.

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“It was identified that he had a mild stroke, and he is now recovering. Although his doctors anticipate a full recovery, it will take some time for David to feel well enough to give interviews to the media. David has asked for some privacy right now on behalf of his family. Thank you for respecting those requests.”

Light’s trainer in an interview

Isaac Peach, Light’s trainer, admitted that it has been difficult to observe the 31-year-old’s post-fight struggles but insisted that despite a tumultuous few week in his native New Zealand, he is unquestionably on the road to recovery.

David Light was born on 13 November 1991. He is a professional boxer from New Zealand. He participated in the men’s heavyweight competition as an amateur at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where he defeated Canada’s Samir El-Mais to win the silver medal. When Lawrence Okolie challenged him for the WBO World Cruiserweight title in March 2023, Light was a former WBO World Cruiserweight title contender.

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