Boxing tragedy in Mexico: Coach dies after heart attack while leading wife in first title defense

Argentine boxing trainer Diego Arrua suffered a heart attack on Saturday, which soon after led to his death, while helping his wife, Sabrina ‘la Munequita’ Perez, during a bout in the Mexican city of Tijuana in which she lost her World Boxing Council (WBC) interim featherweight title.

According to the doctors who attended him at the Tijuana General Hospital and TV images, Arrua suffered a “fulminant heart attack” at ringside.

Arrua was removed on a stretcher by paramedics from the Fausto Gutierrez municipal pavilion, the fight continued and ‘La Munequita’ Perez lost by unanimous decision to Australian Skye Nicolson.

“It is with deep sadness that we have been informed of the sudden death of Argentine coach Diego Arrua, who suffered a devastating heart attack during the Sabrina Perez fight in Tijuana,” World Boxing Council (WBC) president Mauricio Sulaiman said in a statement.

“The medical services did everything possible and he died at the QDEP general hospital.”

The trainer collapsed with about a minute left in the fight. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. La Mumnequita’ Perez lost to Australian Nicolson in her first defense of the featherweight title.

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