Z Gorres vs. Luis Melendez
2009-11-13 : Z Gorres 118½ lbs beat Luis Melendez 118½ lbs by UD in round 10 of 10
- Location: Mandalay Bay House of Blues, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
- Referee: Vic Drakulich
- Judge: Lisa Giampa 98-90
- Judge: Jerry Roth 98-90
- Judge: Burt A. Clements 97-91
Z Gorres of the Philippines remained in a medically induced coma after collapsing in his own corner following winning the ten round decision. Melendez gave a great effort in what amounted to a brutal toe-to-toe war for nine rounds not indicated by the scoring. However in the tenth, Melendez came on stronger, landing rights and finally decked Gorres, who beat the count and somehow survived a beating in the final round. After collapsing, Gorres was quickly rushed to UMC Hospital in Las Vegas. Doctors there discovered the unconscious Gorres had incurred a subdural hematoma to the brain, and underwent emergency surgery to relieve swelling. A portion of his skull had to be removed in the process, and his career is certainly over. Gorres wound up in critical condition fighting for his life, became unable to fight a rematch against Fernando Montiel of Mexico for the vacant WBO bantamweight title scheduled for February 2010 Las Vegas. Montiel, now without an opponent, won a split decision over Gorres in their February 2007 WBO super flyweight 12 round championship bout. As of November 15, Gorres is conscious and in stable condition. The swelling had continued, however when sedation was reduced, Z Gorres came to and attempted to remove the oxygen tubes connected to him, a good sign. His heart, blood pressure, and vital signs are normal and there is still brain activity. Team Gorres is arranging for Dutchess Gorres, the fighter's wife, to fly to Las Vegas, to be at her husband's side. On November 19, 2009, the condition of Gorres was upgraded from critical to 'serious but stable'. He will require rehabilitation of his left side. Given, Gorres continues to progress faster than expected. He is expected to eventually make a full recovery and live a normal life.