Italian boxer Christian Dagio died after being knocked out in a fight for the vacant title of Asian silver champion according to the World Boxing Council (WBC) in the weight category up to 79.38 kg, which was held in Thai Rangse.
According to BoxingScene , the 49-year-old boxer fell into a coma after being knocked out in the 12th round and died in hospital from head injuries without regaining consciousness. Doctors diagnosed him with a serious brain damage.
The Italian missed several strong blows to the head from his rival Don Pareuanga, and then fell on the flooring. Having recovered from the knockdown, the boxer missed a few more punches and finally lost consciousness. In a coma, he spent several days, after which he died.
“He died as he wanted to die. I don’t regret it, because my brother was such a man, he wanted to fight before the age of 80. The boxing ring was his life, and he died like a champion,” the deceased boxer’s brother told reporters.
The athlete has lived and performed in Thailand for the last 10 years, where he became very popular thanks to seven championship titles in Muay Thai. Most of his career was associated with Thai boxing, where in 189 fights he scored 145 victories.
The fight against Pareuanga was for Dagio the 11th in classic boxing, he won the previous ten.