The 18-year-old Mexican boxer, Jeanette Zacarias Zapata died of her injuries after the meeting between her and the Canadian Marie-Pierre Houle, at the end of August 2021. It was the promoter Groupe Yvon Michel who announced the sad news in a statement posted on Twitter Friday, September 3, 2021.
It is a scene that recalls the mythical fight of Apollo Creed against the Russian champion Ivan Drago, in Rocky 4 of Sylvester Stallone or the disappearance – this time real, of David Thio, Ivorian boxer, struck down in 1989 during his only loss in the ring. Thursday, September 2, 2021, history repeats itself once again. 18-year-old boxer Jeanette Zacarias Zapata died of her injuries, five days after losing to Canadian Marie-Pier Houle at a gala in Montreal. ” It is with great sadness and torment that we learned, through a representative of her family, that Jeanette Zacarias Zapata left us this afternoon at 3:45 p.m.. We would like to offer our most sincere condolences to his family, relatives, friends and more particularly his spouse Jovianni Martinez, who was at his bedside until his last moments, ” announces the promoter Groupe Yvon Michel in a press release.
“To die like this is appalling”, fans are in shock
The announcement of the news shocked the Web. Some believe it is an incomprehensible and preventable death , accusing the organizers of the meeting of having pitted the young Mexican against a much more experienced opponent. ” I’ve been hearing the same tales for decades when a boxer dies. Nothing changes. On the contrary, it gets worse “, “Boxing is barbaric, immoral, despicable “, “Very sad” , “A tragic story that asks a lot of questions”, “Boxing must be banned “, “I never had any interest in boxing. To die like this is appalling” , “the audacity to seek out this boxer who unfortunately was not 1/20 of the caliber of that of Marie-Pier Houle “,” Losing her life for a fight of 1,800 dollars . So sad “, can we read among the comments.
Jeanette Zacarias Zapata had been hospitalized and plunged into an artificial coma for five days after the meeting. The boxer was roughed up by 31-year-old Canadian Marie-Pier Houle in the first three rounds. At the end of the fourth, the Mexican then received more than ten blows before being struck the fatal blow which then propelled her away from the ring.