Argentine boxer Hugo Santillan has died after suffering a brain injury picked up during his fight on Saturday with Uruguayan champion, Eduardo Javier Abreu.
His death is coming just two days after the death of 28-year-old Russian fighter Maxim Dadashev who suffered a subdural haematoma during a fight in Maryland, USA.
Yesterday night, 23-year-old South Amarican super-lightweight slugged out a draw with Eduardo Javier Abreu and died after a brief coma.
After the bout, Santillan passed out in the ring while awaiting the judges verdict during the 10-round.
He collapsed as he raised his arms in celebration at the final bell, and doctors rushed to his aid as they fitted him with an oxygen mask and rush him to hospital.
Santillan underwent brain surgery for a clot, but he suffered two heart Attacks and kidney failure before losing his fight for life.
Santillan’s passing was confirmed by the WBC, a statement read: “RIP Hugo Santillan.
“He passed away from injuries suffered during Saturday’s fight which ended in a draw.
“We join Hugo’s family and friends in grief, support and wish prompt resignation.”
Santillan died with a 19-6-2 record, with his fatal draw coming in a fight for WBC Latino Silver lightweight title.
The 10-round fight took place at the Club Atletico San Nicolas in Buenos Aires, Argentina.