BOSTON, Oct. 25 -- Junior lightweight Bobby Tomasello died Wednesday following injuries suffered in his bout with Steve Dotse of Ghana during a nationally televised bout last Friday night.
Tomasello, 25, fought Dotse to a draw in his first 10-round fight and first televised bout, then collapsed in his dressing room. He was taken to a hospital where he never awoke from a coma.
The fighter's family released a statement thanking doctors and staff in the neurosurgery department of the New England Medical Center and also those in the boxing community for their support.
A native of Massachusetts, Tomasello was born as Robert Benson. But he fought under the same pro name as his father. He was 14-0-1 with eight knockouts.