Daily US Times: A teenage boxer from Mexico has died, 5 days after being knocked out in a professional fight.
The 18-year-old Mexican welterweight Jeanette Zacarias Zapata was knocked down on Saturday in the fourth round against Marie Pier Houle at the GVM Gala International in Montreal.
She appeared to have a seizure after being dazed by a right hook and a left uppercut and was taken to hospital.
On Thursday, the fight promoter Yvon Michel announced the news.
His statement read: “It is with great sadness and torment that we learned, from a representative of her family, that Jeanette Zacarias Zapata passed away this afternoon at 3:45 pm.”
The statement added that the entire team at Groupe Yvon Michel team is extremely distressed by this painful announcement. They also offered condolences to the family of the boxer.
In an Instagram post, Houle said how upset she was at the outcome.
She said: “Boxing carries a lot of risks and dangers. This is our job, our passion. Never, forever, intention to seriously hurt an opponent is part of my plans.”
The WBC also paid tribute to Jeanette Zacarias Zapata, saying: “The president of the WBC, Mauricio Sulaimán and the entire boxing family affiliated with the WBC, as well as all boxing, mourns this irreparable loss.
“We send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jeanette. May she rest in peace.”
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