25-year-old boxer Luis Quinones dies 5 days after knockout loss
A 25-year-old junior welterweight boxer identified as Luis Quinones tragically died Thursday, September 29, five days after sustaining a head injury in a knockout loss in Colombia.
Quinones who was an undefeated boxer (10-0) until his match against Jose Munoz on September 24, at the Coliseo Elias Chegwin was knocked out with less than a minute left in the bout.
Videos shared online showed Quinones falling after being punched and unable to get back on his feet. He was then taken out of the ring on a stretcher by medical personnel.
He reportedly suffered a blood clot in his brain from battle-related head trauma and was in a coma after the operation. He was declared brain dead on Thursday but remained on a ventilator until his death.
Quinones promoters said in a statement Friday;
“Cuadrilatero Boxing deeply regrets the passing of Luis Quinones, an exceptional, disciplined human being who has always shown the greatest commitment to this sport.
“We would like to thank the staff of the General Clinic of the North, who during this period did what they could and took care of Luis in the best possible way.”
Munoz said he was devastated by his death, adding that he never thought “that a dream could turn into a real nightmare”.
Quinones was inspired by Julio Cesar Chavez and left his hometown of Barrancabermeja to become a professional boxer. It debuted in 2018.