Medical Release Shows Brian Cohen Suffered Asthma Attack!
By Ken Hissner, DoghouseBoxing (Feb 17, 2009)  
On January 31, 2009 before a home town crowd at his former South Philadelphia High School Brian Cohen was officially stopped in the 2nd round against Bill Bailey of Bakersfield, California.

The medics immediately entered the ring and administered oxygen to Cohen. After sometime they took him by ambulance across the street to Methodist hospital. The promoter, Ivan Cohen, the fighters father informed me shortly afterwards that he had an asthma attack. It seems the dressing room he was in was where the problem started. The heat was quite high and by the time the main event started Cohen entered the ring it was noticeable he was showing more perspiration than a boxer normally has.

After a very competitive 1st round Cohen came out in the 2nd round and seemed exhausted. The punches that Bailey landed didn’t seem hard enough to score the 3 knockdowns that Cohen took each time on a knee.

Ivan Cohen faxed this writer a medical discharge report from Methodist Hospital in Philadelphia showing Brian Cohen suffered Asthma Exacerbation and Acute Renal Failure. In layman’s terms he suffered an Asthma attack seemingly between the 1st and 2nd rounds. His weight of 168 as noted on my covering the fight was the lowest in his last 8 fights since starting his comeback last May. Brian Cohen stated to this writer that he may have over trained in preparation for this bout. His low weight would point to that.

It’s the plans of the promoter to have his son return to the ring sometime in May in a rematch with Bailey. Meanwhile on April 4th he will feature Philly’s Gabriel Rosado whose last 2 bouts have been on ESPN2.

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