A female boxer, aged 18, has died days after being ‘injured in a fight,’ according to reports.
Jeanette Zacarias Zapata, from Mexico, passed away On August 28 after appearing to have a seizure in the ring.
A statement has now been released by event organisers Groupe Yvon Michel.
It reads: “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 3:45pm. The entire team at Groupe Yvon Michel is extremely distressed by this painful announcement.
“We would like to offer our most sincere condolences to her family, loved ones, friends, and especially her husband Jovanni Martinez who was at her bedside until her last moments.”
Zapata reportedly received an uppercut and right hook during her last fight and was unable to return back to her corner.
When the fifth round was meant to begin, she apparently didn’t answer the bell and appeared to suffer from a seizure.
At this point, her partner and trainer, Jovanni Martinez, had her laid down in the ring. Moments later, she was carried out by a stretcher and taken to hospital.
A GoFundMe page was originally launched to cover the pro boxer’s medical expenses.
It read: “Following a tragic turn in a boxing fight on the evening of Saturday, August 28, Jeanette Zacarias Zapata, an athlete of only 18 years old, remains in critical condition at the hospital. With this fundraising initiative, the Ring83 Boxing Club wants to show its support in helping her recovery and all the damage caused by the incident. Whatever it is, your donation will be important. Thank you so much.”
However, Zapata sadly passed away days later.
According to Global News, Régie des Alcools des Courses et des Jeux (RACJ), which oversees combat sports in Quebec, will have the fight investigated.
Reportedly, the other fighter’s gloves will be examined, which is a part of the standard procedure.
There have been no allegations of foul play being involved.
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