Tragedy Strikes in Boxing: Coach Diego Arrua Passes Away During Title Bout of his wife

LockerRoom Team
17 September 2023

In a shocking turn of events, the world of boxing was plunged into sorrow as coach Diego Arrua, suffered a fatal heart attack while cornering his wife, Sabrina Perez, during a televised main card fight in Tijuana, Mexico. The incident occurred during a highly anticipated bout for the WBC interim featherweight championship on a DAZN-broadcasted card.

Arrua had been coaching his wife in the final stretch of Round 9 as she faced off against Olympian and emerging boxing star Skye Nicholson. The contest was a high-stakes showdown, with both fighters giving their all in pursuit of victory. However, tragedy struck when Arrua suddenly collapsed to the floor at ringside towards the end of the match, sending shockwaves through the arena.

Immediate medical attention was provided to Arrua, with medical staff rushing to his side. He was stretchered out of the arena between the ninth and 10th rounds and transported to a nearby hospital. Sadly, it was confirmed that he had passed away as a result of a devastating heart attack.

WBC president, Mauricio Sulaiman, expressed his deep condolences, stating, "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." The news cast a somber shadow over what was meant to be an exciting championship bout.

Despite the tragic circumstances surrounding the event, Skye Nicholson claimed a wide unanimous decision victory over Sabrina Perez. However, the victory was undeniably overshadowed by the heartbreaking loss of coach Diego Arrua, leaving the boxing community and fans in mourning.

Paul Ready, the manager of Skye Nicholson, expressed his condolences, saying, "Victory overshadowed by the tragic passing of Team Perez coach Diego Arrua during the fight. Our wishes and prayers with them and their family." This unfortunate incident serves as a poignant reminder of the unpredictability and inherent risks associated with the world of professional boxing.


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