Filipino boxer dies 4 days after bout

After being in a coma for almost four days, Filipino professional boxer Kenneth Egano of Sarangani died on Wednesday from injuries sustained from a match last Saturday against fellow Filipino boxer Jason Facularin in Cavite.

Professional boxer Kenneth Egano. PHOTO FROM BLOW BY BLOW FACEBOOK PAGE

On Saturday, Egano and Facularin clashed in a Blow by Blow match. He collapsed inside the boxing ring before the winner was announced.

Despite being stretchered out from the ring and brought to a nearby hospital, Egano won the bout against Facularin via unanimous decision.

“The whole Blow by Blow family is deeply saddened by the news that one of our beloved fighters, Kenneth Egano, has joined our creator [on Wednesday] afternoon. Kenneth was one of Blow by Blow's best young pugilists and had a potential to be a future champion,” Blow by Blow said on their Facebook page the night of Egano's death.

“I didn't expect this to happen. We all did our best. Why did this happen? I'm sorry for what happened,” Facularin wrote in Cebuano on his Facebook page. “Condolences; I hope you're in a good place.”

Former senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, one of the patrons of Blow by Blow, shouldered Egano's medical expenses.

The Games and Amusement Board (GAB) made an announcement on its Facebook page confirming the young boxer's death.

“Ang buong ahensya ng Games and Amusements Board (GAB) ay nagdadalamhati sa pagpanaw ng professional boxer na si Kenneth Egano, (The entire GAB agency is mourning the death of professional boxer Kenneth Egano)” the agency wrote.

According to the GAB, Egano's remains are at Room 206 of Funeraria Samson in Imus, Cavite.

Before his death, Egano had a professional record of seven wins, one loss and three knockouts.

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