Mexican Boxer Succumbs To Injuries Five Days After Fight
Jeanette Zacarias Zapata, a female Mexican boxer, has died five days after suffering brutal injuries against Marie-Pier Houle in a Montreal ring.
Groupe Yvon Michel, who organized the event at IGA Stadium Saturday night, confirmed that she succumbed to injuries on Thursday.
“It is with great sadness and torment that we learned, from a representative of her family, that Jeanette Zacarias passed away this afternoon at 3:45 pm,” Michel’s statement read.
The 18-year-old boxer absorbed a strong uppercut and a right hook followed by a barrage of punches at the end of the fourth round. The final punch by Houle sent Zapata’s mouth guard flying out.
She was then unable to return to her corner. Her cornermen then quickly laid her down for the on-site medical team to examine her. After a while, Zapata was moved to a nearby hospital in an ambulance.
The event organizer said that the teen boxer was placed in a medically induced coma to sedate her body and brain. He had added that the following two to five days would be “critical.”
She had undergone neurological exams to get permission to fight due to her last fight ending in a KO loss last May in Mexico.
Zapata’s husband, Jovanni Martinez, was reportedly by her bedside in her last moments.