Welterweight Luis Quiñones passed away Thursday night after spending five days in a coma. The 25-year-old fighter was taken to the hospital on September 24 when he was knocked out in a 140-pound fight against José Muñoz at the Coliseo Elias Chegwin in Barranquilla, Colombia.
“You walked ahead of us, my soul brother, now you are on the knees of your heavenly father, whom you worshiped and served, I love you, my brother Luis Quiñones, forever in our hearts,” wrote his brother Leonardo Quiñones on Facebook post translated from Spanish.
Quiñones entered the fight undefeated 10-0. He was a talented prospect and well known in the Latin American boxing world. Colombian President Gustavo Petro expressed his condolences to the family.
“It hurts me a lot to see a young man leaving full of dreams and with a whole future ahead of him,” Petro wrote. “To the family of Santanderian boxer Luis Quiñones: Hugs from the bottom of my heart, I’m so sorry at this difficult time.”
The incident occurred less than one minute before the end of the eighth and final round. Quiñones underwent surgery for a blood clot in his brain hours after arriving at the hospital. He was pronounced dead on Thursday, but was still on a ventilator until his death that night.
Muñoz, who also went undefeated, met Quiñones as their career progressed and was even his sparring partner. Munoz (9-0, 7 KOs) wrote him a letter after his hospitalization. Letter, written in Spanish, became public after Quiñones’ death.
“I never thought that a dream could turn into a real nightmare,” he wrote. “The desire to succeed in life put us both on the same path, but because of the things in life and especially because of the profession that we chose, today you are in a situation that we did not even imagine.”