Hugo Santillan, 23, Passes Away Following Bout
The sport of boxing just lost another young boxer due to injuries sustained in the ring. 23-year-old Hugo Santillan passed away earlier today after undergoing emergency surgery.
Santillan faced Eduardo Javier Abreu for the WBC Latino Silver Lightweight Title, a fight which ended in a draw after ten rounds. He collapsed following the bout and was taken to the hospital immediately. According to TMZ, the young fighter had a blood clot in his brain.
In a statement, the doctor who performed the surgery stated, “Upon admission to the hospital, he (Santillan) had successive kidney failure and he did not come out of his coma. He had swelling of his brain and he never recovered consciousness. The swelling continued to worsen and it affected the functioning of the rest of his organs.”
This is the second time in the past few days a boxer has died following a fight. Maxim Dadashev died following injuries he suffered in his fight last Friday against Subriel Matias.