On June 10, 2017, the life of Daniel Franco changed severely and irrevocably. The fighter took to the line against Jose Haro, and took the worst of it, in a featherweight clash in Iowa.
Haro landed hard and clean on Franco, a California resident, and down went Franco. He struggled to stand after getting knocked to the mat, got up, fought on, and was felled again. The ref waved off the count and the fight was over.
Franco’s career was over, his record stood for all time at 16-2-3. The trauma inflicted upon his brain sent him into a medical danger zone he very nearly didn’t escape from. But escape he did; after five brain surgeries, this miracle man on Monday woke up at 5 AM, and joined his brothers for a bit of a boxing workout at their dad’s gym.
The 26 year old joined the Everlast podcast “Talkbox” on the phone Tuesday, and filled us in on his life today, on how he looks back at that fight with Haro, and if there’s been any forward movement on his quest to get promoter Roc Nation to help out with the mass of medical bills he and his family are faced with.
“I remember nothing, I remember nothing of the fight, I remember nothing of the night of the fight,” Daniel shared with us, graciously. “It’s like a big chunk of my life is just gone. Especially those few months that I was in Iowa, rehabilitating and being in the hospital, there, I really don’t remember a lot of it. I recall some things about my therapy, but I remember waking up in the hospital, that’s it, like, ‘what happened?’ Somebody, one of my friends, told me what happened, and I wanted to see it. So I watched it on YouTube, just like a highlight of it, and I was like, ‘Wow, that’s crazy.’ Still now, no recollection, no flashbacks or anything. It’s all fake news,” he said, and we chuckled. “Now that I think about it, I kind of don’t want to watch it anymore, I don’t want to see it again. But it really did help me to realize, I know what happened, and it didn’t look that bad…but I am in this position. I think it helped me move forward, get a foot behind me, and then I could start to push forward.”
Lord, I thought, as I listened to the kid…what grace and courage and dignity in this man!
Check out the pod, and hear what else he has to say. Such as, has he heard from Roc Nation, his promoter? Has he maybe reached out to Jay Z, and/or Beyonce, to see if they can give him a hand up, to get out of the quagmire of medical bills?
ALSO…Here is a GoFund Me page, where you can help defray medical costs