The Triumph of Boxing's 'Miracle Man' in His Greatest Bout.

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The Triumph of Boxing's 'Miracle Man' in His Greatest Bout.

Ludumo Lamati faced the first loss of his pro boxing career, setting the stage for the toughest challenge yet in his life.

In May last year, South African boxer Ludumo Lamati faced Nick Ball in Belfast for the WBC Silver featherweight title. The match started like any other, with three competitive rounds. However, what happened next transformed Lamati into the 'miracle man.'

During the fourth round, Lamati took a hit behind his ear from Ball, sensing that something was wrong. 

Despite the injury, he persevered and made it to the 12th round, but his corner wisely threw in the towel in the final minute.

This decision turned out to be life-saving. Lamati collapsed in the ring and woke up later in Belfast Royal Hospital, where doctors had performed surgery to remove a significant part of his skull, which had ended up in his abdomen due to the injury.

After nearly two months of recovery in Northern Ireland, the 31-year-old returned home. He had suffered a stroke in the ring, leading to his collapse and subsequent surgery to relieve pressure from a brain bleed. The removed skull fragment was preserved in his abdomen and later re-attached once he was well enough to recover.