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Colombian boxer Luis Quiñones dies 5 days after KO loss

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Boxing gloves in the boxing ring with bags in the gym.
Luis Quiñones reportedly had a craniotomy before he died. (Getty images)

Luis Quiñones, a 25-year-old boxer originally from Colombia, died on Thursday evening. according to ESPNfive days after he was hospitalized after being knocked out.

Quiñones met José Muñoz at the Elias Chegwin Coliseo in Barranquilla, Colombia. Coming into the fight undefeated, the two boxers fought back and forth until the eighth round, when Quiñones was knocked down by a punch after showing wobbly legs.

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Quiñones was reportedly carried out of the ring on a stretcher. By Thursday, his brain was dead.

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His brother confirmed his death on Facebook, according to ESPN:

“You walked ahead of us, my loving brother, now you are with your heavenly father, whom you adored and served, I love you, my brother Luis Quinones, forever in our hearts,” wrote Leonardo Quinones.

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The promoter of the fight, Cuadrilátero Boxing, posted a statement on Instagram in Spanish mourning the death and stating that he will continue to support the boxer’s family for as long as it takes. Rough translation:

Cuadrilátero Boxing deeply regrets the death of Luis Quiñones, an exceptional, disciplined man who has always shown the greatest commitment to the sport.

Luis was so passionate about boxing that he left his hometown of Barrancabermeja to move to Barranquilla and become a professional boxer. His idol was Julio Cesar Chavez.

Since last Saturday we have been accompanying his family, his team and medical staff and we will continue to do so for as long as they need it.

We also thank the staff of the General del Norte Clinic, who throughout the whole time did what they could and took care of Luis in the best possible way.

According to ESPN, Quiñones was diagnosed with “neurological deterioration as a result of a head injury due to traumatic contusions” during surgery. It is also reported that after the discovery of a subdural hematoma, doctors also performed a craniectomy, the removal of part of the skull to eliminate swelling of the brain.

Quiñones became at least the third boxer to die from complications in the ring this year, joining South Africa’s Simiso Buthelezi and Russian Arrest Sahakyan..


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