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I have been boxing my whole life. It is my whole life. As a professional boxer, it is how I provide for my family. However, in preparation for my 13th fight, which would've been September 24 on UFC Fight Pass, I suffered a life threatening brain injury, during a sparring session, in Las Vegas, NV.

The doctor has told me that I am experiencing internal bleeding and swelling near my brain. They say it will be at least 8 months before I am healed and can even think of boxing again. Even then, I'll still face the uphill battle of a life a CT Scans, MRIs, doctor clearances, etc. and I don't know what the future holds.

As you can imagine this news has been extremely difficult to digest. Especially since I am a defensive fighter who in 12 National Championships along with being the 2012 Olympic Alternate as an amateur, to being a 12-0 Professional Boxer with 4 KOs, has never even had a nose bleed. I always prided myself on my ability to hit and not get hit, as is the name of the boxing game. So to receive this potentially career ending blow to the back of my head while sparring, is particularly hard on me, mentally and physically.

I am currently still in Las Vegas, because I have been told that I cannot fly for another 2 weeks. This has added to my stress, because on top of the exorbitant medical expenses I am incurring and will continue to incur, I have to continue to pay for a hotel, living and other expenses, including flying my son, mother and girlfriend out to be with me, during this difficult time.

I do not have health insurance and this financial burden is weighing heavily on me.
Therefore, it is with a humble heart that I ask that you please donate to my recovery fund. The funds will be used to pay for the hospital expenses I have racked up while in Las Vegas, as well as the ongoing hospital expenses I will continue to have as my condition is monitored closely. In addition, the funds will be used to aid in my physical rehabilitation, while allowing me to continue to provide the basic necessities for me and family. Especially for my son, Amir, who recently had his 1st birthday, and is my whole heart.

This is an extremely urgent and serious situation that requires immediate attention, so please know that any and all help is humbly and graciously accepted. With your help and the grace of God, I will be able to return to the ring, hopefully by this time next year.

Shawn "So Sharp" Simpson


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Shawn Simpson
Chicago, IL

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