COLUMBIA. (THECOUNT) — Junior welterweight boxer, Luis Quinones, has tragically died on Thursday five days after suffering a head injury during a knockout in Colombia. He was 25.
Quinones, 10-0, died after losing to Jose Munoz on September 24 at Coliseo Elias Chegwin.
Video of the fight shows Quinones fall down after getting punched and he’s unable to get back on his feet. He was then taken out of the ring on a stretcher by medical personnel, reports TMZ.
It was reported that Quinones suffered a blood clot in his brain as a result of head trauma from the fight and was in a coma after surgery. He was declared brain dead on Thursday, but remained on a respirator until his passing.
“Cuadrilatero Boxing deeply regrets the death of Luis Quinones, an exceptional human being, disciplined and who always showed the greatest commitment to this sport,” Quinones’ promoters said in a statement on Friday.
“We would like to thank the staff at the General Clinic of the North, who during this time did what was within their power and took care of Luis in the best possible way.”
Quinones was inspired by Julio Cesar Chavez and left his hometown of Barrancabermeja to become a professional boxer. He made his debut in 2018.
“Boxing is the ultimate challenge there is. Nothing to compare to him,” Quinones said in an IG post last year.
“It’s to prove to yourself the way you do it every time you step in the ring.”