Teen boxer Jeanette Zacarias Zapata dies at age 18 five days after being knocked out in a fight in Montreal
- Jeanette Zacarias Zapata, 18, has died five days after being knocked out in a fight
- She was taken to hospital after the fight and placed in an artificial coma
- Her death was confirmed on Thursday by fight promoter Yvon Michel
Mexican boxer Jeanette Zacarias Zapata has died aged 18, five days after being knocked out in a professional fight.
Zapata was knocked out in the fourth round against Marie Pier Houle at the GVM Gala International in Montreal on Saturday evening.
She received a series of powerful punches into the corner of the ring and was stunned by an uppercut towards the end of the fourth round, before a right hook caused her mouthguard to fly out, rendering her unable to return to the corner. after the ball went. .
Jeanette Zacarias Zapata, 18, has died five days after being knocked out in a boxing fight
Zapata, who appeared to be convulsing while standing, was joined by her partner and trainer Jovanni Martinez, who quickly put her down in the ring. The on-site medical team rushed to her side and she was immobilized on a stretcher before being taken to a hospital by ambulance.
Fight promoter Yvon Michel said on Sunday that Zapata had been placed in an artificial coma and confirmed her death on Thursday.
“It is with great sadness and pain that we learned from a representative of her family that Jeanette Zacarias Zapata passed away at 3:45 pm this afternoon,” he wrote in a statement.
“The entire Groupe Yvon Michel team is deeply saddened by this painful announcement.
“We would like to express our sincere condolences to her family, loved ones, friends and especially her husband Jovanni Martinez, who was at her bedside until her last moments.”
Zapata’s opponent Houle also expressed her condolences on social media, stating that she was devastated.
“The sad news of the departure of a great athlete like Jeanette Zacarias Zapata makes me sad and devastated,” she wrote.
“I extend my sincere and deepest condolences to her family and husband Jovanni Martinez. May God enlighten and receive your soul in His Glory.’
The WBC also issued a statement, which read: “The President of the WBC, Mauricio Sulaimán and the entire boxing family associated with the WBC, as well as all boxers, are mourning this irreparable loss.
“We extend our deepest condolences to Jeanette’s family and friends. May she rest in peace.’