A Davao-based boxer died after successfully defending his title last week.
Emelito “Job” Alim Jr. reportedly collapsed after being declared as the winner to retain his Mindanao Professional Boxing Association featherweight title via decision against Ahl Grumo in their 10-round title bout.
The 20-year-old boxer was rushed to a hospital in Agusan before being transferred to Tagum City. He was later transferred to Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City on Wednesday, but was declared on Thursday morning.
“May pumutok daw na ugat sa kanyang leeg sabi ng doctor,” said Alim’s manager Vicente Adriano in an interview with Philboxing.com. “Sumusontok pa rin si Alim pero hindi na masyado malakas.”
Adriano also added that he was puzzled with what Alim suffered since he saw how he dominated the fight and was not even hit hard by his opponent. He also noted that Alim even knocked down his opponent in the sixth round of their bout.
Alim, who holds a 16-4 record, was defending his title for the first time, but it turned to be his last bout after the unfortunate turn of events.
Alim became the latest casualty in Philippine Boxing. Earlier this year, Karlo Maquinto, a 21-year old undefeated boxer, also died a few days after winning against Mark Joseph Costa in Caloocan.
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