DeAndre Ware Performs CPR On Top Rank Boxing Coordinator

DeAndre Ware is a first responder through and through.

Outside of the boxing ring, Ware is a firefighter for the Toledo Fire Department. In fact, he is celebrating his seventh year with the department. Ware is scheduled to take on Steven Nelson on the undercard of Jamel Herring vs. Jonathan Oquendo on Saturday, September 5. While the weigh-ins seemed to go off without a hitch, something went terribly wrong behind the scenes.

While undergoing a pre-fight medical examination, Ware noticed something was off. Top Rank Boxing coordinator Pete Susens collapsed from what is believed to have been a heart attack. A Top Rank source told Ring Magazine that Ware performed CPR, which revived Susens.

Ware took to his Twitter account to speak on the situation.

I’m here for my fight but I had to put EMS skills to work and do some CPR. Happy to say the guy was talking a bit and was alert headed to the hospital. I’m thankful! I feel I saved a life.”

As of this writing, there is no update on the condition of Susens. The potential good news is that Susens was alert while inside the ambulance on the way to a hospital. David McWater, Ware’s manager, says his fighter administered chest compressions twice to ensure Susens had a chance of surviving.

Going into his fight with Nelson, Ware is hoping to rebound from a TKO loss back on August 23, 2019, against Vladimir Shishkin. Ware’s record stands at 13-3-2 with eight knockout victories to his credit. A win over the unbeaten Nelson would be considered a sizable upset.

Regardless of the result, however, some argue that Ware has already won the weekend.

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