Hugo Santillan: 23-year-old Argentinian boxer collapses seconds after final bell, dies of brain injury

Hugo Santillan: 23-year-old Argentinian boxer collapses seconds after final bell, dies of brain injury

Argentinian boxer Hugo Santillan has reportedly died after a fight on Saturday, making the incident the second such tragedy in the sport this week.

The 23-year-old super lightweight died from injuries suffered during the fight with Uruguayan champion Eduardo Javier Abreu.

The fight, which was held at San Nicolas, Argentina, had reportedly ended in a draw after 10 rounds.

Santillan, seconds after raising his arms in celebration after the final bell, collapsed.

He was reportedly treated for a brain clot and suffered two heart attacks.

Santillan, after the fight, was held up by his trainers and fell to the canvas as the result was being announced.

Paramedics shortly arrived at the scene and gave him oxygen and water before he was rushed to the hospital, according to the Daily Mail.

The super-featherweight champion, nicknamed 'Dinamita', reportedly spent five days in a coma in a hospital, where he was treated for a clot in his brain.


During this period, he suffered kidney failure, and eventually heart failure. 

The World Boxing Council released a statement announcing Santillan's demise: "'RIP Hugo Santillan. We join Hugo's family and friends in grief, support and wish prompt resignation."

Boxing promoter Kalle Sauerlan paid tribute to the star boxer on Twitter, saying: "A sad, sad week for boxing. We are devastated to hear that 23-year-old Hugo Santillan has passed away following a bout this weekend in his native Argentina. RIP."

The tragic incident comes just two days after Russian fighter Maxin Dadashev, 28, died after suffering a subdural haematoma during a fight against a Puerto Rican opponent in Maryland.


The boxer, who was left in a medically induced coma, underwent surgery to remove the right side of his skull after the fight on Friday. However, he passed away on Tuesday morning. 

Reports state that Dadashev, who was nicknamed Mad Max, took repeated blows to the head before his trainer halted the attack after the 11th round. The news of his death was confirmed by his strength and conditioning coach on Tuesday.

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