List of deaths due to injuries sustained in boxing

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The following is a list of deaths due to injuries sustained in boxing. In February 1995 it was estimated that "approximately 500 boxers have died in the ring or as a result of boxing since the Marquess of Queensberry Rules were introduced in 1884."[1] 22 boxers died in 1953 alone.[1]

Date of fight Name Nationality Opponent Opponent's nationality Details
13 December 1926 Daniel Marshall  United Kingdom Joshua Lloyd-Doyle  United Kingdom Died one day following his first professional fight due to injuries sustained.
25 August 1930 Frankie Campbell  United States Max Baer  United States Campbell was knocked unconscious in the ring and died hours later in the hospital. Doctors discovered that his brain had been knocked loose from the connective tissue inside his head.
10 February 1933 Ernie Schaaf  United States Primo Carnera  Italy Suffered a knockout loss in the 13th round and immediately fell unconscious. He would go into a coma, and was rushed to the hospital to undergo surgery where he ultimately died four days later on Valentine's Day.[2]
16 July 1940 Peter Asero  United States Pete Muscarnera  United States Seemingly on his way to victory by knocking out Musarnera to the count of nine in the first round, Asero suffered a knockout in the fourth round. He never revived. Heart attack was given as the cause of death by the Athletic Commission. [3]
24 June 1947 Jimmy Doyle  United States Sugar Ray Robinson  United States Died 17 hours after being knocked out.[1]
19 September 1949 Archie Kemp  Australia Jack Hassen  Australia Kemp was carried from the ring on a stretcher and did not regain consciousness, dying of a cerebral haemorrhage. The referee refused to stop the fight.[4]
22 February 1950 Lavern Roach  United States Georgie Small  United States Lavern sustained a fatal head injury during the match and died the next day due to a subdural hemorrhage.[5]
20 December 1950 Sonny Boy West  United States Percy Bassett  United States West suffered from inter-cerebral hemorrhage resulting from a cerebral concussion and died the following day.[6]
12 December 1954 Ed Sanders  United States Willie James  United States Complained of headaches early in the day. Lost consciousness in the 11th round. Died after a long surgery to relieve bleeding in the brain.[7]
24 March 1962 Benny Paret  United States Emile Griffith  United States See Benny Paret vs. Emile Griffith III; Paret died of brain injuries 10 days later.[1][8]
21 March 1963 Davey Moore  United States Sugar Ramos  Mexico Moore collapsed in the dressing room after the fight, and died 75 hours later.[1][8]
11 March 1969 Ulrich Regis  Trinidad and Tobago Joe Bugner  United Kingdom Regis died four days after the fight following surgery to remove a blood clot.[1][8]
2 February 1972 Mick Pinkney  United Kingdom Jim Moore  United Kingdom Pinkney was knocked out in the fifth round and died after choking on his own blood.[1]
19 July 1979 Angelo Jacopucci  Italy Alan Minter  United Kingdom Jacopucci did not collapse in the ring; he and Minter met for a meal after the fight. Jacopucci then fell into a coma and died.[9] As a result of this, European title fights were limited to 12 rounds.[1][8]
23 November 1979 Willie Claasen  United States Wilford Scypion  United States Died following the fight.[1][8]
9 January 1980 Charles Newell  United States Marlon Starling  United States Died after being knocked out in the 7th round.[8]
20 June 1980 Cleveland Denny  Guyana Gaétan Hart  Canada Died 16 days after being knocked out.[8]
19 September 1980 Johnny Owen  United Kingdom Lupe Pintor  Mexico Owen was knocked out and died six weeks later without regaining consciousness.[1][8]
7 May 1982 Andy Balaba  Philippines Hi-Sup Shin  South Korea Died of injuries suffered in the fight.[8]
14 June 1982 Young Ali  Nigeria Barry McGuigan  Ireland Collapsed in the ring, fell into a coma, and died from a blood clot two days later.[9][8]
13 November 1982 Kim Duk-koo  South Korea Ray Mancini  United States Kim died four days after the fight. As a result of this, world championship fights were limited to 12 rounds.[1][8]
1 September 1983 Francisco Bejines  Mexico Alberto Dávila  United States Died of brain injuries.[1][8]
29 May 1985 Shawn Thomas  United States Chris Calvin  United States Died of head injuries.[1][8]
2 November 1985 Jacob Morake  South Africa Brian Mitchell  South Africa Died of head injuries.[1][8]
29 November 1985 Gerardo Derbez  Mexico Jorge Vaca  Mexico Knocked out and fell into a coma; died from brain injuries.[1][8]
14 March 1986 Steve Watt  United Kingdom Rocky Kelly  United Kingdom Died of brain injuries.[1][8]
27 February 1987 Jean-Claude Vinci  France Lionel Jean  France Vinci lost the fight on points, and died 30 minutes later.[1][8]
14 June 1988 Brian Baronet  South Africa Kenny Vice  United States Fell into a coma after being knocked out and died 3 days later.[1][8]
13 August 1988 Daniel Thetele  South Africa Aaron Williams  South Africa Collapsed and died.[1][8]
4 March 1989 David Thio  Ivory Coast Terrence Alli  United States Knocked out and died 10 days later.[1][8]
17 August 1990 Pat Stone  Australia Gary Wills  Australia Died of brain injuries the day after the fight.[1]
27 May 1991 Patrick Mdiniso  South Africa Mongezi Mbadu  South Africa Died after being knocked unconscious.[1][10]
17 November 1991 Clive Sikwebu  South Africa Ndoda Mayende  South Africa Died nine days after being knocked out.[1][10]
1 December 1991 Minoru Katsumata  Japan Takashi Murata  Japan Died after being knocked out in the 10th round.[1] It was his first professional fight.[11]
26 April 1994 Bradley Stone  United Kingdom Richie Wenton  United Kingdom Died from a blood clot.[1][9][8]
22 July 1994 Robert Wangila  Kenya David Gonzalez  United States Died after an operation to remove a blood clot from his brain.[1][8]
6 May 1995 Jimmy Garcia  Colombia Gabriel Ruelas  Mexico Died 13 days later, due to a blood clot on the brain.[8]
12 October 1995 James Murray  United Kingdom Drew Docherty  United Kingdom Murray collapsed in the final round and died the next day.[9][8]
13 December 1997 Felix Bwalya  Zambia Paul Burke  United Kingdom Was knocked down three times in the final rounds; died 9 days later.[8]
12 September 1999 Randie Carver  United States Kabary Salem  Egypt Carver was headbutted repeatedly during the early rounds. He lost consciousness and was rushed to the hospital. Carver died two days later from blunt head trauma.[12]
23 June 2002 Pedro Alcázar  Panama Fernando Montiel  Mexico Alcazar was declared healthy by ringside doctors, with no visible signs of any trauma. Collapsed in his hotel room the following day and died in hospital.[13]
18 July 2003 Brad Rone  United States Billy Zumbrun  United States He turned around to walk to his corner following the 1st round when he collapsed, dying instantly. An autopsy later revealed Rone had died of a heart attack.[14]
1 July 2005 Martín Sánchez  Mexico Rustam Nugaev  Russia After the fight, a commission inspector noticed Sánchez walking strangely, he was rushed to a local hospital where he underwent emergency surgery for a subdural hematoma. He died the following morning.[15]
17 September 2005 Leavander Johnson  United States Jesús Chávez  Mexico Johnson collapsed in the locker room following the fight and was taken to hospital where he was placed in a medically induced coma following surgery to correct a subdural hematoma. He passed away on 22 September 2005 [16]
18 March 2006 Kevin Payne  United States Ryan Maraldo  United States Payne died the following day following surgery after suffering a brain injury during the fight.[17]
31 March 2007 Lito Sisnorio  Philippines Chatchai Sasakul  Thailand Sustained brain injuries during the fight and died the next day in hospital. The fight was deemed controversial as Sisnorio's role in the fight was not officially sanctioned by the Philippine Games and Amusement Board.[18]
25 December 2007 Choi Yo-sam  South Korea Heri Amol  Indonesia He collapsed while still in the ring after the bout and was rushed to the Soonchunhyang University Hospital immediately after the fight in order to undergo emergency brain surgery. He died on 3 January 2008 after being removed from his ventilator.[19]
30 April 2009 Benjamín Flores  Mexico Al Seeger  United States Flores suffered a brain injury during the fight. He died from his injuries on 5 May 2009 [20]
18 July 2009 Marco Antonio Nazareth  Mexico Omar Chávez  Mexico Nazareth collapsed in the ring and had to be taken to the local hospital where he underwent a three-hour surgery to treat a cerebral hemorrhage. He died four days later.[21]
20 November 2009 Francisco Rodriguez  Mexico Teon Kennedy  United States Rodríguez immediately collapsed, losing consciousness while waiting for an official decision. He was rushed to a hospital for emergency brain surgery and died 2 days later.[22]
5 December 2011 Roman Simakov  Russia Sergey Kovalev (boxer)  Russia Simakov died of brain injuries after collapsing in the ring.[23]
31 March 2012 Muhammad Afrizal  Indonesia Irvan Barita Marbun  Indonesia Afrizal began vomiting an hour after the bout and fell unconscious with a hemorrhage and died four days after brain surgery to remove a blood clot.[24]
17 July 2012 Bae Ki-suk  South Korea Jung Jun-ki  South Korea Bae underwent five hours of brain surgery following the fight. After the operation, his body temperature, blood pressure and pulse returned to almost normal, but he remained unconscious and died four days after the bout.
28 March 2013 Michael Norgrove  United Kingdom Tom Bowen  United Kingdom Collapse in Round 5 died 6 April without regaining consciousness.[8]
29 September 2016 Mike Towell  United Kingdom Dale Evans  United Kingdom Died the following day.[8]
27 May 2017 David Whittom  Canada Gary Kopas  Canada Whittom suffered from a brain hemorrhage and was rushed to Saint John Regional Hospital the next morning to have part of his skull removed. Spent the next 10-months in a medically induced coma before passing away on 16 March 2018.[25]
16 June 2017 Tim Hague  Canada Adam Braidwood  Canada Was knocked down five times in the first two rounds; died two days later.[26]
24 February 2018 Scott Westgarth  United Kingdom Dec Spelman  United Kingdom Scott Westgarth, defeated Dec Spelman. Westgarth was knocked down just before the end of the fight and collapsed in the locker room. Westgarth was rushed to a nearby hospital and died.[27]

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