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MMA: Borg withdraws due to son’s condition

Albuquerque’s Ray Borg has withdrawn from his scheduled UFC fight in Chile on May 19 due to his infant son’s medical issues, the UFC confirmed on Friday.

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Anthony Borg, born to Ray and Amanda Borg on March 27, has undergone two surgeries in Denver the past three days. Anthony was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a buildup of too much cerebrospinal fluid in the brain.

Borg (11-3), originally was to have fought Mexico’s Brandon Moreno in Brooklyn, N.Y., on April 7. Two days before, Borg took glass fragments in his left eye when UFC star Connor McGregor smashed the window of a shuttle bus with a dolly. He was ruled unfit to fight by doctors.

The Borg-Moreno fight was rescheduled for the May 19 card in Santiago, Chile. But Borg has been in Denver with his wife and son this week.

Friday morning on Twitter, Borg wrote that Anthony’s second surgery had gone well but that the month-old child had developed breathing problems and was hooked up to a respirator. Anthony also had undergone a blood transfusion.

“Tough times ahead, thank you for your continued prayers,” Borg wrote.

RIVERA, PARK: Santa Fe MMA flyweight Jerome Rivera, idle since his June 2017 loss to Roberto Sanchez in Houston, is scheduled to return on May 4 in Vail, Colo. He’s matched against Brandon Royval ((6-3) of Littleton, Colo. on a Legacy Fight Alliance card.

The loss to Sanchez, by third-round submission (arm bar) on an LFA card, was the first of Rivera’s career after four victories as an amateur and seven as a pro.

Also on the Vail card, Clovis lightweight Harvey Park (9-1) is scheduled to face Denver-based Austin Hubbard (8-2).

Park, a Curry County sheriff’s deputy, is riding a seven-fight win streak.

BOXING: El Paso super middleweight Abie Han (26-3-1, 16 knockouts) will fight in front of the home folks as well as a national television audience Saturday night.

Han, who is trained by Las Cruces’ Louie Burke, will face Anthony Dirrell (31-1-1, 24 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round bout at the Don Haskins Convention Center.

The card, headlined by a 10-round welterweight bout between Josesito Lopez and Miguel Cruz, will be telecast on Fox and Fox EspaƱol, starting at 6:30 p.m.