Luis Quinones dies at age 25: Boxer dies after five days in coma

Boxer Luis Quinones has died after five days in a coma.

The fighter was rushed to hospital after a 140-pound fight against Jose Munoz in Barranquilla, Colombia.

Quinones had surgery in the early hours of Sunday for a clot in the brain.

And after being in a coma for five days, his death was confirmed on Thursday.

The Colombian Boxing Federation said: “Unfortunately he lost that fight, we extend our sincere condolences to his entire family.

“Peace in his grave and resignation to the plans of God”.

A devastated Munoz spoke out after the tragic news of his opponent’s death.

He said: “I never thought that a dream could turn into a real nightmare.

“The desire to succeed in life brought us both on the same path, but because of those things in life and especially the profession we have chosen, today you are in a situation that we could never have imagined.

“During the last few days, your image does not stop in my head and I think about the great future that lies ahead.

“We’ve been partners and friends of sparring, which has helped me get to know all the good things you have to offer as a person and as an athlete.”

Quinones lost to Munoz for the first time in 11 fights, having made his debut in 2018.

Brother Leonardo also paid tribute, writing on Facebook: “Now you are in the arms of your heavenly one, whom you worshiped and served.

“I love you, my brother Luis Quinones, forever in our hearts.”

This is the third death in the ring this year.

It follows the deaths of Russian Arest Saakyan, 26, in January and South African Simiso Buthelezi, 24, in June.

There were also two boxing deaths in 2021, Mexican women Jeanette Zacarías Zapata, 18, and Rashed Al-Swaisat, 18, an amateur from Jordan.

This article originally appeared in The Sun and is reproduced with permission

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