The Quebec boxer is shaken by what is happening to Zapata. Marie-Pier Houle has been going through difficult times since Saturday evening. Her dramatic victory against Jeanette Zacarias Zapata makes her experience emotions that swing between guilt and sadness.
“I feel guilty even if I know that it is part of the risks of our job, underlined Marie-Pier Houle with sobs in the voice. Everyone told me not to feel guilty and that my fight was clean. I didn’t knock after the bell.
“I wasn’t up against a girl who was 0-45. Yes, she had suffered two knockouts, but we did not know the circumstances of these fights. We do not know either the type of preparation she had before our fight.
“It’s an unfortunate incident. It turns me upside down. “
Since Saturday, Houle hasn’t slept much. She repeats the last seconds of her shock against Zapata in a loop.
“I know I’m going to have to go over it in order to continue my career,” she added. Right now it’s too cool and I’m just thinking of her and her family who are in Mexico and can’t be by her bedside. “
The 31-year-old boxer intends to visit Zapata’s bedside in the coming days. It is an important step in his eyes.
Houle remembers in detail the last moments of the fight against Zapata. At that point, she decided to finish the round strong so as not to leave any doubt in the minds of the judges.
“I increased my intensity and hit her with punches,” said Houle. The last one I gave him, his mouth guard came out of his mouth.
“I stepped back a bit, telling myself that the referee is going to do something. I didn’t want to keep hitting her. Then the bell rang. ”
Seeing Zapata’s condition, the referee stopped the fight. Without looking at his opponent, Houle began to celebrate his victory in the ring.
“She was still up. It wasn’t my intention to look arrogant in my celebrations. When I came back to my area, my trainer (Sébastien Gauthier) told me that things were not going well.
“Inside me, I was asking myself questions. I didn’t think it was that bad. I believed that the doctors’ interventions were made as a preventive measure.
“On the other hand, when I saw that she was on oxygen, I said to myself that it was serious.”
Houle was not made aware of Zapata’s precarious state of health until the evening was over.
“After Kim’s fight (Clavel), I went to change. I ran into a doctor from the Régie and he told me that things were not going well. It gave me a slap in the face. “
Return to normal life
Since Saturday, Houle has had to deal with the vicious comments of some fans on his Facebook page.
“I received hate messages. People accuse me of certain cases. I didn’t really look at what was being written because it would have been one more nail in the coffin.”
Tuesday morning, she will resume her job as a physiotherapist in a clinic on the North Shore.
“I spoke to my boss who offered me his support. I need to get out of our house and be less on social media.
“Before this fight, my patients supported me a lot. I’m just scared to show up to work and face the looks of people. ”
A crowdfunding campaign on the Go Fund Me platform was launched by trainer Moe Latif to give Jeanette Zacarias Zapata a boost.