Super bantamweight Francisco "Frankie" Leal, who was knocked out in the eighth round on Saturday night by Raul Hirales in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, has died from a brain injury.
The 26-year-old Mexican fought in a nationally televised bout against Hirales, who knocked Leal down in the sixth round with a perfectly timed right hand. Leal was sent crashing down again in the eighth round. He initially beat the referee’s count but collapsed soon after and was stretchered out of the ring whilst receiving medical attention. He was then admitted to hospital and slipped into a coma before being transferred to San Diego, where he died.
"This hurts a lot," promoter Fernando told ESPN. "We knew that Frankie Leal was a good kid, a great fighter, a warrior in and out of the ring. As a company we took responsibility and tried to save his life as much as humanly possible. Now we are united in the grief felt by his family and his boxing family. We will try to help, whatever is needed.
"It hurts that this happened," Beltran added. "Our prayers are with his family. We knew that Leal was a fine young man. We will try our best to support his family in this difficult time."
Leal, 20-8-3-(13), was brutally knocked out inside 10 rounds back in March and fought five more times since.
The thoughts of all the staff members at SecondsOut is with the Leal family at this sad time
October 23, 2013