Bayelsa Times

Imo boxer dies at National Sports Festival


A boxer identified as Chukwuemeka Igboanugo has died at the ongoing National Sports Festival in Asaba, Delta State.

The Imo State representative was declared dead after losing a fight by knockout to his contender from Anambra State in the 86 kg category.

According to eyewitness accounts, the boxer was hit in the chin during the fight and failed to get up, leading the referee to announce the fight in favour of his Anambra contender.

With the boxer remaining unconscious, he was said to have been given first aid treatment before being taken to the hospital where he was confirmed dead.

For now, neither the Nigerian Boxing Federation nor the state government has reacted to the news of his death.

As at the time of filing in this report, no official statement has been made.

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