Jeanette Zacarias Zapata’s state of health has improved greatly over the past few hours, so much so that the Mexican is now in critical condition, but stable in the hospital, promoter Yvon Michel announced at a conference on Sunday.
Zacarias Zapata had been admitted to intensive care at the Sacré-Coeur-de-Montreal hospital after being the victim of a knockout at the end of the fourth round of her fight against Marie-Pier Houle in under-card of a gala by Groupe Yvon Michel presented on Saturday evening at the IGA Stadium.
If the first prognoses were far from encouraging, new examinations carried out in the morning and at the beginning of the afternoon showed promising signs. Zacarias Zapata has also been plunged into an artificial coma in order to give him every chance of recovering.
“When she returned to the hospital, she was in critical and unstable condition. Doctors were very worried and wondering if she was going to spend the night, Michel revealed. But there has been a lot of improvement since then. The next two to five days will be critical for the future. “
Michel added that Zacarias Zapata will not have to be operated on as Adonis Stevenson had been in December 2018 “to release the pressure in her brain”. In the case of the Mexican, “the problem resolved itself”. Wonderful news under the circumstances.
Extremely dignified despite the sadness that pervaded him, his spouse and trainer Jovanni Martinez confessed that he was always nervous to see his wife step into the ring and fight, because there is always a risk in doing so, but that the latter was most of the time well calculated.
“Until the fourth round, the fight was going very well and it was pretty even,” Martinez said through an interpreter. It was only after the fight that I realized the magnitude of the situation. I was especially extremely frustrated not to have been in his place.
“I believe in God and I think everything will be fine if we have faith. The plan was to come here to Canada and come back to Mexico together. I just hope this is what will turn out. “
An incident reminiscent of Stevenson’s
This is the second time in nearly three years that an incident of this kind has occurred in Quebec, after that of Stevenson on December 1, 2018 in Quebec. The former WBC light heavyweight champion had been declared clinically dead twice before finally coming out.
But unlike Stevenson, who was then world champion and who was riding an unbeaten streak of 17 fights, could the incident involving Zacarias Zapata have been avoided? The only 18-year-old boxer was coming back from a knockout setback in May, in what was then her first outing since November 2018. Was she ready for that duel?
“When we organize a fight, we make sure that it is balanced – it was -, if the name of the boxer or the boxer is on any list of suspensions – it was not – and if the he athlete underwent adequate neurological examinations – which was indeed the case – detailed Michel.
“No boxer can get a permit from the country they come from if they haven’t passed a proper test. What is more, the Régie [of alcohol, races and games] requires a second examination to obtain the right to box here. And I repeat, it was a very, very balanced fight so far.
“The WBC and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) regularly study the exams required and other potentials for boxers and I can tell you today that I will always be in favor of any examination which will be deemed necessary for boxers. “
Houle reacted on Sunday noon for the first time on social media since the announcement of her opponent’s state of health by writing on Facebook that: “the events of yesterday have moved me very deeply. Boxing has its share of risks and dangers. It’s our job, our passion. Never, ever, is the intention of seriously injuring an opponent in my plans. My sincere thoughts go out to my opponent Jeanette Zacarias Zapata, as well as to her family. I wish with all my heart that she gets well. “. The last two sentences were also written in Spanish.
Michel finally indicated that his organization will assume all of Martinez’s expenses during his stay in Quebec and that he will quickly share any new developments.