Davey Browne Jnr has been placed on a life support machine following a bout against Carlo Magali on Friday night in Australia.
The 28-year-old was knocked cold by Filipino Magali in the final round of their match-up for a fringe version of the IBF title and is now fighting for his life in Liverpool hospital.
Browne’s situation is described as critical and Australian National Boxing Federation President John McDougall has since given his views on the incident from a ringside position at the Ingleburn RSL.
“He dropped right in front of me, I could’ve reached out and touched him,” McDougall told The Sydney Morning Herald. “The Filipino hit him with a crashing punch and he was out cold before he hit the floor.
“The doctor gave him oxygen and an ambulance was there in seconds. Now it’s in the hands of God, unfortunately.”
This latest tragedy comes just six months on from the death of 23 year-old compatriot Braydon Smith who collapsed following a clash with another Filipino native John Vincent Moralde in Toowoomba.
Smith, known as ‘The Great White’, suffered a bleed on the brain following unanimous ten-round defeat in March and never regained consciousness. He was pronounced dead two days after the fight.