Deaths in boxing are never pleasant and the recent passing of Scottish fighter Mike Towell brought that home in a massive way with calls for more safety changes in professional boxing. Whilst deaths are rare in boxing they do still happen, and now amateur boxing has also taken a life.
That amateur boxer was a Korean 16 year old who had been in a coma for the last month, suffering a brain haemorrhage in mid September. The youngster passed away over the weekend with the life support being turned off, ending his battle.
We reported that youngsters injury back in September and at that point he had had surgery, though the doctors continued to seem worried with a quote being that his condition at the time was "Not Good". Sadly that prognosis turned out to be accurate with the youngster never recovering from the injury.
Korean boxing is now in mourning, Korean websites have asked how to make amateur boxing safer, though the rarity of a fatality in amateur boxing does suggest that there is little to do make the sport safer. Others have commented on the failure of the medical team at the tournament where youngster was injured, a national high school tournament.
Those in Korean boxing have described the situation as being "depressing" with the youngster, who's name was given as Kim Jung Hee, added to a list of Korean boxing fatalities that also include Duk Koo Kim, Ki Suk Bae and Yo Sam Choi, who all died following professional bouts.
We'd like to send positive wishes out to the family of the young fighter who was taken far too soon.
Korean boxer in coma following amateur bout
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