Mexican boxer dies aged 18 just days after being knocked out during fight

An 18-year-old Mexican boxer has died after appearing to suffer a seizure in the ring.

Jeanette Zacarias Zapata of Mexico was knocked out during a fight against Marie Pier Houle in Montreal on Saturday.

The Canadian landed a left uppercut followed by a right hook in the fourth, shortly after which Zapata seemed to begin having a seizure.

She was taken to hospital in critical condition and was later placed in a medically-induced coma, but it was confirmed she had died on Thursday afternoon.

"It is with great sadness and torment that we learned, from a representative of her family, that Jeanette Zacarias Zapata passed away this afternoon at 3:45 pm," promoter Yvon Michel said in a statement.

"The entire team at Groupe Yvon Michel is extremely distressed by this painful announcement.

"We would like to offer our most sincere condolences to her family, loved ones, friends and especially her husband Jovanni Martinez, who was at her bedside until her last moments."

The statement added Martinez is "devastated and extremely upset" at the loss of his wife.

Houle posted on her Facebook page the day after the fight: "Yesterday's events really upset me. Boxing carries a lot of risks and dangers. This is our job, our passion. Never, forever, intention to seriously hurt an opponent is part of my plans.

"My most sincere thoughts are with my opponent Jeannette Zacarias Zapata, and her family. I wish with all my heart that she gets well."

After learning of Zapata's death, Houle added: "The sad news of the departure of a great athlete like Jeanette Zacarias Zapata leaves me sad and devastated.

"I offer my sincere and deep condolences to her family and husband Jovanni Martinez.

"May God enlighten your soul and receive it in His Glory."

The WBC also issued a statement: "The president of the WBC, Mauricio Sulaimán and the entire boxing family affiliated with the WBC, as well as all boxing, mourns this irreparable loss.

"We send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jeanette. May she rest in peace."

A GoFundMe page had been set up by Ring83 Boxing Club president Moe Latif, to raise cash to help with Zapata's recovery.

As of Friday morning, that fundraiser had surpassed its $14,000 goal.

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