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Boxer, 18, dies with husband by her side days after being knocked out cold as rival posts emotional message

MEXICAN boxer Jeanette Zacarias Zapata has tragically passed away aged 18.

Zapata was knocked out in the fourth round of her GYM Gala International Boxing bout against Canadian boxer Marie-Pier Houle on Saturday night.

Jeannette Zacarias Zapata has tragically passed away aged 18
The Mexican was knocked out in the sixth round of her clash with Marie-Pier Houle[/caption]

Zapata began convulsing moments later and was promptly taken to hospital, where she eventually passed away with her husband by her side.

The event’s promoter, Groupe Yvon Michel, announced Zapata’s tragic passing on Thursday.

A statement read: “It is with great sadness and torment that we learned from a representative of her family that Jeannette Zacarias Zapata passed away this afternoon at 3:45pm.

“The entire team at Groupe Yvon Michel team is extremely distressed by this painful announcement.

“We would like to offer our most sincere condolences to her family, loved ones, friends and especially her husband, Jovianni Martinez, who was at her bedside until her last moments.

“Jovianni is devastated and extremely upset.

“Under the circumstances, he does not wish to comment, therefore we ask that you respect his decision and allow the family to have their privacy.

“In this painful period, you will understand Groupe Yvon Michel does not intend to comment further.”

Prior to Zapata’s passing a distraught Houle took to social media to wish her a speedy recovery.

She wrote: “Never, ever, is the intention of seriously injuring an opponent in my plans.

“My sincere thoughts go to my opponent, Jeannette Zacarias Zapata, as well as to her family.

“I wish with all my heart that she will recover.”


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