Boxer Kazuki Anaguchi Has Died Aged 23

Kazuki Anaguchi, a bantamweight boxer from Japan, has been confirmed dead aged 23. Read on for all the tragic details...
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Kazuki Anaguchi, a famed bantamweight boxer, has tragically been confirmed dead aged just 23.

Born in the year 2000, the Japanese boxer turned pro in July 2021 after racking up an amateur record of 68 wins and six losses.

Before his ill-fated bout with Seiya Tsutsumi, Aanaguchi boasted a perfect 6-0 record.

But now, it’s been announced that Anaguchi has tragically passed away aged just 23.

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The bantamweight boxer’s untimely passing was announced by IFL TV on X, formerly known as Twitter.

They write: “Some tragic news to bring you… The 23-year-old Japanese fighter Kazuki Anaguchi, who suffered the first loss of his career on the Inoue/Tapales card last year, has sadly passed away in hospital. Our thoughts and condolences are with Kazuki’s family and friends.”

As soon as the tragedy was announced, comments flooded in sharing tributes to the young talent.

One fan writes on X: “RIP Champ Kazuki Anaguchi!”

Another says “Sad news.”

Kazuki Anaguchi
Kazuki Anaguchi has passed away aged 23. Credit: Alamy

One more writes: “May he rest in peace.”

One remarks: “He passed giving us one of the greatest fights I’ve ever seen live.

They add: “It saddens me so much that our community witnessed this but I’m grateful that we got to see this man. Prayers to his family.”

While another commenter opines: “Rest in peace warrior. Kazuki Anaguchi was only 23 years old and gave everything he had to this sport.”

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Last December, on Boxing Day, Anaguchi fought Seiya Tsutsumi.

The fight was on the undercard of Naoya Inoue’s undisputed super bantamweight clash with Marlon Tapales.

The fight made for horrific viewing, as things did not go in Anaguchi’s favour and he lost the fight by scores of 95-91, 94-92 and 94-92.

Anaguchi was beaten and bloody – with visible cuts to his face and body – and was dropped four times during the fight.

He also suffered convulsions – which are when someone’s muscles shake uncontrollably, as per Medical News Today – with CBS noting his legs shaking in between rounds while his corner treated to his wounds.

Following his loss, Anaguchi was transported to the hospital, where he lost consciousness and fell into a coma.

He was then rushed into emergency surgery to remove a subdural hematoma which was sustained during the fight.

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But tragically, he never woke up after the procedure, remaining comatose for a month.

And now, it’s been confirmed he’s tragically passed on as a result of these injuries sustained during the match.

Boxing Kingdom explains on X: “ Kazuki Anaguchi suffered knock downs in rounds four, seven, nine and ten.  Anaguchi was carried out of the ring by his team. Placed in an induced coma and had subdural hematoma surgery. Never regained consciousness and passed away at 5.38pm on Friday at only 23.”

One fan responds: “Horrible tragedy, for him, his family and boxing.”

Another replies: “The tragic side of the sweet science. Deeply saddening.”

A third agrees: “He passed giving us one of the greatest fights I’ve ever seen live. It saddens me so much that our community witnessed this but I’m grateful that we got to see this man. Prayers to his family.”

Rest in peace.

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Written by Annie Walton Doyle

Annie Walton Doyle is a content editor at IGV who specialises in trending, lifestyle and entertainment news. She graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, with a degree in English Literature. Annie has previously worked with organisations such as The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Harvard University, the Pulitzer Prize and 22 Words.