18-Year-Old Female Boxer Dies After “Knock Out” Punch During Match

What a sad story this is.

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A horrific tragedy occurred in the boxing ring when a competitor’s punch turned deadly.

An 18-year-old boxer named Jeanette Zacarias Zapata died on Thursday, Sept. 2 from injuries she sustained during a boxing match with Canada’s Marie-Pier Houle.

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New York Post reported that Mexican boxer Jeanette Zacarias Zapata has died after succumbing to injuries she sustained in a bout against Terrebonne’s Marie-Pier Houle last Saturday in Montreal.

Zapata, 18, was rushed to a Montreal hospital after being knocked out by Houle at IGA Stadium. The fight was stopped at the end of the fourth round. Zapata died on Thursday, the event’s promoter Groupe Yvon Michel confirmed in a statement posted to Instagram.

“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 3:45 p.m. The entire team at Groupe Yvon Michel is extremely distressed by this painful announcement,” Michel shared on Twitter.

During the bout, Zapata reportedly began convulsing and was subsequently taken to the hospital, where doctors placed the boxer in a medically-induced coma. She reportedly died with her husband, Jovanni Martinez, by her side.

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This was the young boxer’s 6th professional fight.

Her opponent released a statement after the boxers death:

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“Thank you for respecting my desire not to comment more. “The sad news of the departure of a great athlete like Jeanette Zacarias Zapata leaves me sad and devastated. I offer my sincere and deep condolences to her family and husband Jovanni Martinez. May God enlighten your soul and receive it in his glory.”

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