On October 26th Thai based Italian fighter Christian Daghio (11-1, 10) suffered a 12th round KO loss to Thai Don Parueang (7-4, 7). The knockout was a genuinely nasty one, and had come after a tired Christian had already been dropped, and had taken several clean, hard head shots.
After the bout Christian was stretchered from the ring and taken to hospital where he sadly passed away on November 2nd, following several days in a coma.
The 49 year old Italian had long been associated with Thailand, having moved there in 1996, and he was reportedly the first Italian to fight Muay Thai. As a Muay Thai fighter he had gone on to win numerous titles and ran up an excellent record, reportedly either 131-39 or 142-44, whilst opening up a gym. That was before he turned his hand to boxing in 2015, at the age of 46. As a boxer he would run up 10 straight wins before facing Parueang and suffering the knockout that would ultimately end his life.
At the moment it's unclear whether boxing in Thailand will make changes to stop this sort of thing from happening in the future. Letting a 49 year old in the ring is questionable to begin with, though of course there 49 year olds who are fit and healthy to fight, but one wonders whether better on site medical would have been able to save Christian's life, or better medical checks. Thailand has had a reputation as being the wild west of boxing for a while, and we do wonder if that will ever change.
We want to send our thoughts to Christian's family and friends.
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