BOXING has suffered its second tragedy this week with the news 23-year-old Argentinean fighter Hugo Santillan has died following a bout.
The super-lightweight slugged out a draw with Eduardo Javier Abreu on Saturday and died after a brief coma.
The tragedy comes just days after Russian fighter Maxim Dadashev also lost his life following injuries from the weekend.
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.
The shock news comes as the boxing world was still reeling from the loss of Dadashev.
The late Russian, 28, underwent a serious brain surgery following the 11th-round defeat in an IBF light-welterweight title eliminator in Maryland.
Dadashev had the right side of his skull removed to ease brain swelling after suffering a subdural haematoma.
The op, performed by Neurosurgeon Mary I.H. Cobb, reportedly took several hours and the St Petersburg-born fighter was then placed in a medically induced coma.
But the super-lightweight lost the most important fight of his life and passed away due to the extent of his injuries.
Anthony Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn led tributes to the late boxer.
He tweeted: "So terribly sad to hear the news of the passing of Maxim Dadashev. Rest in Peace."
McGirt stopped the Matias bout on Friday night after the Russian missed a number of punches in the 11th round.
The stablemate of Vasiliy Lomachenko then collapsed in front of his fans before leaving the arena – having struggled to walk out of the ring.
Russian outlet gazeta.ru reported that the boxer also vomited and lost consciousness.
Dadashev’s wife – with whom he has a young son – travelled from St Petersburg to be with her husband in Washington following the fight.
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