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Thai boxing star dies after title fight defeat

The Nation 13.10.2009 09:09
Thai boxing star dies after title fight defeat - Thailand - Sports - Boxing - Somboon Wiengchai

Boxing star Sagai JockeyGym died of a brain haemorrhage on Monday night in Japan after a TKO defeat to reigning champion, Japanese Niki Kasueyoshi in a super bantamweight bout challenging Niki's title.

After a TKO decision in Round 10, Sagai, or 20-year-old Somboon Wiengchai, left the Fukuoka ring in a dazed condition, before he fainted in a dressing room. He was unconscious on arrival at a local hospital. Doctors gave him CPR after his heart stopped, but he was pronounced dead.

Sommart Hongsakul, Sagai's trainer said Sagai was fit and had trained sufficiently. He passed a physical examination and was rated as highly healthy before the bout.

"The injuries were caused by Sagai's more than 100-per-cent fighter's spirit, in addition to suffering heavy blows from his opponent," he said.

The Japanese's boxing promotion team pledged Bt500,000 for Sagai's family and all expenses in sending his body  back to Thailand.


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