A teenage boxer has died, five days after being knocked out in a professional fight.
Mexican welterweight Jeanette Zacarias Zapata, 18, was knocked down in the fourth round against Marie Pier Houle at the GVM Gala International in Montreal on Saturday.
She appeared to be having a seizure after being stunned by a left uppercut and right hook and was taken to hospital.
The promoter of the fight, Yvon Michel, announced the news Thursday.
“It is with great sadness and torment that we learned, through a representative of her family, that Jeanette Zacarias Zapata died this afternoon at 3:45 pm”, one can read in her press release.
“The entire Groupe Yvon Michel team is extremely upset by this painful announcement,” said the promoters in their press release, offering their condolences to the fighter’s family.
Houle reacted on Instagram, saying how upset she was with the outcome.
“Boxing comes with a lot of risks and dangers,” she said. “It’s our job, our passion. Never, forever, is the intention to seriously injure an opponent in my plans.”
The WBC also paid tribute to Zapata, saying: “WBC President Mauricio Sulaimán and the entire WBC affiliated boxing family, as well as all of boxing, mourn this irreparable loss.
“We send our deepest condolences to Jeanette’s family and friends. May she rest in peace.”