BOXER Luis Quinones has passed away after five days in a coma.
Following a championship match against Jose Munoz at 140 pounds in Colombia’s city of Barranquilla, the boxer was taken by ambulance to the hospital.
Early on Sunday, September 25, Quinones had surgery to remove a brain clot. On Thursday, September 30, his death was declared after five days in a coma.
The Colombian Boxing Federation said: “We regret to inform his whole family that he lost that struggle, and we offer our profound condolences. Peace in his grave and submission to God’s purposes”.
After hearing the devastating news of his opponent’s demise, a distraught Munoz spoke out. He stated: “I had no idea that a dream might really become a nightmare.
“We both set out on the same route because we wanted to excel in life, but because of the decisions we made along the way, particularly the job we picked, you are now in a predicament that we never could have predicted.
“The last several days, your picture hasn’t left my mind, and I’ve been thinking about the bright future that lies ahead.
Luis Quinones’ death marks the third death in the ring this year.
It comes after the demise of the 26-year-old Russian Arest Saakyan and the 24-year-old South African Simiso Buthelezi.
Additionally, two boxers passed away in 2021: amateur Jordanian Rashed Al-Swaisat, 18, and Mexican woman Jeanette Zacaras Zapata, 18.