Jeanette Zapata, an 18-year-old Mexican boxer, was knocked unconscious during last Saturday's fight in Montreal. (jeanetteg_zz/Instagram)

For decades, many people who find boxing barbaric have long advocated the ban on the sport. The sad news of 18-year-old boxer Jeanette Zacarias Zapata’s death on Thursday is the perfect example of why. Zapata was knocked unconscious on Saturday night in Montreal. She was taken from the arena by stretcher.  

Zapata faced Marie-Pier Houle from Quebec, and according to fans, Houle landed a devastating left uppercut followed by a solid right that knocked Zapata’s mouth guard out.  And the end of the fourth round, in their six-round fight, Zapata suffered convulsions before going unconscious.

Pier Houle posted on her social media.  “I am devastated.”

Groupe Yvon Michel, who promoted the event called GYM Gala International Boxing event, informed social media that Zapata passed away at 3:45 p.m. 

“We would like to offer our most sincere condolences to her family, loved ones, friends, and especially her husband, Jovanni Martinez, who was at her bedside until her last moments,” Michel’s statement read.

Apparently, Zapata was knocked out in her last match.  And before she could fight against Houle, Zapata had to undergo neurological exams which she passed. 

Province’s public security minister Geneviève Guilbault said the Quebec coroner’s office will investigate Zapata’s death.

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