An 18-year-old Mexican boxer Jeanette Zacarias Zapata died on Thursday, five days after she was knocked out and injured in a Montreal.
Mexican boxer Jeanette Zacarias Zapata died Thursday after suffering power punches to the head during her match against Marie-Pier Houle over the weekend. She was just 18.
On Friday morning, Minister of Public Security Geneviève Guilbeault announced that a coroner’s inquest will be opened into the boxer’s death.
GYM Gala International Boxing fight promoter Groupe Yvon Michel, announced the news on Thursday.
“It is with great sadness and torment that we learned, from a representative of her family, that Jeanette Zacarias Zapata passed away this afternoon at 3:45 p.m. The entire team at Groupe Yvon Michel is extreme
“It is with great sadness and torment that we learned, from a representative of her family, that Jeanette Zacarias Zapata passed away this afternoon at 3:45 pm,” said Michel.
“The entire team at Groupe Yvon Michel is extremely distressed by this painful announcement.
“We would like to offer our most sincere condolences to her family, loved ones, friends, and especially her husband Jovanni Martinez, who was at her bedside until her last moments.”
According to Yvon Michel, Zapata’s husband declined to comment.
“Jovanni is devastated and extremely upset.”
Marie-Pier Houle reacted on Instagram, saying how upset she was at the outcome.
“Boxing carries a lot of risks and dangers,” she said. “This is our job, our passion. Never, forever, intention to seriously hurt an opponent is part of my plans.”
The WBC also paid tribute to Zapata, saying: “The president of the WBC, Mauricio Sulaimán and the entire boxing family affiliated with the WBC, as well as all boxing, mourns this irreparable loss.
“We send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jeanette. May she rest in peace.”