Injured during bout, junior Maharashtra boxer dies

Promising Maharashtra boxer Vishal Sawant, 18, succumbed to the injuries he sustained during a local boxing competition on Friday. A college student, Sawant was rushed to the hospital after he complained of chest pain during his second round bout. After being on life support systems for 48 hours, Sawant breathed his last on Sunday.

Maharashtra Boxing Association secretary Jitendra Tawde said that Sawant had chicken pox a month ago. "This was his first tournament after that. He had recorded an easy win in the first round and even in the second round he didn't show any signs of being unwell. Suddenly, in the final round he collapsed. It's very unfortunate," said Tawde.

Swant had won gold in 80 plus kg at the 26th Junior Boys Maharashtra State Boxing Championships in 2011.

Jay Kowli, president, Maharashtra Amateur Boxing Association, said that they had lost one of the best boxers in the state at the moment. "It's a very unfortunate incident. The news makes me very sad. From our end, we had provided all the support that we could. The technical officials — referees, judges, etc — were provided by us. There was a proper, well-trained medical staff as well. Boxing is one of the fastest growing sports in the country and incidents such as these dampen the mood. The loss is irreparable."

This is the second such death in as many years in Mumbai. Last year, in a similar incident 21-year-old Pramod Sav, a Guru Nanak college boxer died of brain haemorrhage caused due to a hit in the head in an inter-collegiate boxing competition for Mumbai University students.

Not the first case

Earlier this year, Manisha Chauhan, a 20-year-old female boxer from Mumbai suffered brain haemorrhage while practicing with a male partner at Sai International Sports Club in Samta Nagar. She is still in coma at Nair Hospital.

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