Boxer dies after a knockout in Brazil. Video
Amateur boxer João Victor Peña died three days after he received a severe blow to the head in Brazil. In the 90th second of the fight, which took place in Jijoca de Jericoacoara, Peña was hit by a counterpunch that knocked him out.
The fighter was immediately treated, regained consciousness, and managed to get home on his own, where his condition worsened. The next day Viktor was hospitalized in Sobral. He died two days later.
"During resuscitation, the patient was diagnosed with brain death, which in turn caused cardiac arrest," Globo quoted the hospital's press service as saying.
For winning the fight, Peña could have gotten 18.5 euros, while the loser would have gotten 9.2 euros. Before the fight, Peña's family asked him not to do that.
"Unfortunately, my brother's life was lost for this amount of money," João's brother confirmed at the funeral.
The tournament organizers also expressed their condolences over the death of the participant.
"It was with great sadness in our hearts that we received the news that Viktor did not survive. Today the sport is grieving. We deeply regret this loss and offer our condolences to the family. We ask you to pray for the family and for all those affected by this tragedy," the statement reads.
Victor was born in Bela Cruz, a municipality neighboring Jijoca de Jericoacoara, and worked as a human resources manager at a hotel. He turned 23 on September 21.