The mother of terminally injured boxer Duk Koo Kim begged her dying son to "open eyes" today at his bedside at Desert Springs Hospital after she flew halfway around the world from Korea to be with him.
Yang Sun Nyo, 65, began crying as she was led into the intensive care unit of the hospital accompanied by another son.
She grasped Kim's hand and said, "Open eyes. It's not your fault. Open eyes. Your brother and I are here. Please wake up."
She then broke down and was taken from the hospital by Korean consular officials.
A South Korean journalist who was traveling with Kim's family said the woman had asked that four Korean doctors from Los Angeles who specialize in acupuncture be allowed to examine the injured fighter. The doctors were brought to the hospital. They said they preformed acupuncture on the injured fighter and that he showed some signs of hope.
"Yes, there is hope," said Dr. Kim Chang Keun.
Dr. Lonnie Hammargren, who removed a massive blood clot from Kim's skull after he was knocked out Saturday in the 14th round of the fight with lightweight champion Ray (Boom Boom) Mancini, said there was no change in Kim's condition.
"The tests still show no sign of brain function. His heart is strong, as is his whole physique. His vital signs are stable," Hammargren said. "The family will be consulted and any decision that is made will be thoughtful and considerate."
Hammargren said Kim could remain alive on the life support system "a long time." He said the fighter's condition was such that he could be moved to another hospital, even to Korea if the family so wished.
In his home town of Youngstown, Ohio, Mancini said he was unsure whether his future will include boxing. "No matter what you get paid -- millions, maybe -- it's a cheap price for your life. I'm not talking retirement now but I have to decide if I want to go on."
"We are prepared to analyze any financial need (for Kim) and meet it," said Mancini's attorney, Dino Prassinos.
Meanwhile, in Paris, World Boxing Council President Jose Sulaiman suggested a series of reforms that included reducing championship fights from 15 to 12 rounds, increasing the break between rounds from a minute to 80 or 90 seconds, and a mandatory eight count for fighters in trouble.
He also proposed reeducating referees to stop fights quicker.
"We must change the regulations in boxing to make it safer and more human, regardless of the pressure that we have from the public, because unfortunately, in some parts of the world, the public is looking for violence -- for blood," Sulaiman said.
Sulaiman said championship fights are simply too long.
"I personally believe that a boxer can be in optimum condition for 12 rounds. After that, they just don't have the reflexes or the physical condition. They just punch each other badly."