In a tragic turn of events, boxing lost another up and coming talent as Kenneth Egano, a 22 year old boxer from the Philippines, lost his life on Wednesday after collapsing in the ring last weekend.
Kenneth Egano fell into a coma from brain hemorrhage
Egano competed in the promotion of boxing legend Manny Pacquiao and squared off against Jason Facularin in a eight round fight at the Imus Sports Gymnasium- part of Pacquiao’s TV show “Blow by Blow” last Saturday.
After the fight had gone the distance, the final bell rang and as Egano was set to be announced the winner, the boxer collapsed in his corner. He was put on oxygen and was rushed to hospital.
While he was in hospital, Pacquiao stated that he would be taking care of all the medical expenses for the boxer.
“There is nothing more precious than human life,” said Pacquiao at that time. “Boxing is truly a dangerous sport and the boxers deserve nothing but respect as they put their lives on the line. Other sports you play, but you don’t play boxing.”
Unfortunately, Egano lapsed into a coma from the brain hemorrhage that he suffered from the injuries during the fight, and passed away four days later.
The Games and Amusements Board (GAB), Blow by Blow, as well as the top boxing promoters from the Philippines, expressed their condolences towards Egano’s family. Egano’s opponent Facularin also shared his grief on the saddening news.
“I didn’t expect that this will happen when we did our best. Why did it happen to us? Sorry that it happened. I hope you’re in a good place,” Facularian said in a post on his social media.
“The whole Blow by Blow family is deeply saddened by the news that one of our beloved fighters, Kenneth Egano, has joined our creator [on Wednesday] afternoon,” read a statement from Blow By Blow. “Kenneth was one of Blow by Blow’s best young pugilists and had a potential to be a future champion.” [H/T BJPenn.com]