Italian Muay Thai legend Christian Daghio, who was KO'd during title fight, dies after a week in coma
The veteran fighter died in the hospital after the match in Thailand where he had been competing for the WBC Asian Boxing Council silver light heavyweight title
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A renowned Muay Thai fighter who was knocked out by his opponent in a match last month that left him in a coma he never came out of was declared dead on Friday. The 49-year-old Italian, Christian Daghio, got up in a daze the first time he was knocked down in the boxing match with rival Don Pareuang but was knocked out with the second punch just moments later. The veteran fighter died in the hospital after his KO in the last-round in Thailand where he had been competing for the WBC Asian Boxing Council silver light heavyweight title.
The Daily Mail reported that Daghio switched to boxing after he spent the majority of his career as a Muay Thai fighter and even winning the world championship seven times.
Fabrizio, his brother, told The Thaiger in an interview: "He died like he wanted. I have no regrets because he was like that. He wanted to fight till he was 80. The ring was his life and he died as a champion. My brother had a girlfriend in Thailand and a five-year-old girl who still doesn't know her father has died."
In the video, the referee of the match can be seen running to Daghio's side before holding his head up and taking out his gum guard. Medics were summoned to the ring and they could be seen rushing in as the veteran fighter's unaware rival celebrated his victory at the Rangsit International Stadium in Rangsit, near the capital city of Bangkok.
It wasn't until Daghio was rushed to the hospital, however, that it became evident he had suffered from brain damage due to the flurry of punches to his head. A week after his KO in the October 26 match, he was pronounced dead.
Daghio was considered a legendary fighter in the Muay Thai world. Muay Thai is a martial art that originated in Thailand and is known as the art of eight limbs because the hands, elbows, knees, and legs are allowed to attack an opponent.
The veteran was a part of 189 fights in the popular sport of which he won 145 matches including a few world titles. He made his professional debut as a fighter in 1993 after moving to Thailand at the age of 21. He became the first Italian to win a fight at the famous Lumpini Stadium in Bangkok in 2003.
Daghio also tried out his luck at Mixed Martial Arts before he switched over to boxing when he was 46 years old in 2015. He ran a gym on the outskirts of Pattaya called Kombat Group where he could be seen training every day aside from offering training in combat sports, taking self-defense courses, and regular fitness classes.