South African Mzwanele Kompolo, 22, who faced his compatriot Siphenathi Qampi, in their homeland, was sent into the canvas In the 1st round; Oampi took advantage of the poor defense of his rival.
Kompolo was immediately treated and rushed to the hospital in the city.However, the damage was irreversible and after complications, the South African fighter Died.
Unfortunately, another terrible accident shocked boxing in less than a week. This happened in Sydney, Australia, where local Davey Browne Jr., 28, also died after being knocked out by Filipino Carlo Magali.
Browne, who was father of two children, was knocked out thirty seconds before the last round concluded and despite recovering consciousness and getting up, he then collapsed in the ring and couldn’t be revived.
The World Boxing Council deeply regrets the passing of these two fighters who climbed into the ring with dreams and will without knowing that this could be their last moment.
Events as these ones force us to continue to seek preventive measures and to eradicate these terrible episodes.
We will continue fighting in places where there is lack of experience and rules and we will continue fighting aginst those managers who force their fighters above the limit, risking their lives.
The WBC reaffirms its commitment towards the fighters, because the most important aspect of this organization will always be the lives of our warriors. We will continue working hard to prevent tragedies.