The world of sports is still in mourning after the death of Luis Quiñones last Thursday. The 25-year-old died from a blood clot that he presented in the brain after a boxing fight.
On Saturday, September 24, he faced his rival and friend, José Muñoz, who won the dispute. Quiñones had to be transferred immediately to the General Clinic of the North in Barranquilla, where he remained in a coma until his death.
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The news has caused shock and devastation among sports fans in the country. The Colombian Boxing Federation has already published its condolences for the case and dozens of boxers are honoring the athlete’s memory.
Quiñones was challenging for the national super lightweight title, one of the biggest fights of his career. Hours before the meeting, he gave his last interview to a journalist from the newspaper ‘El Ámbito Noticias’.
At that time he assured that his friendship with the opponent would not affect the fight and that both were ready for the moment. Quiñones was excited and assured that he had worked hard enough to get there.
“We are rivals, above the ring we are rivals, below the ring we have a friendship, but we are going with everything, we have prepared for this fight, there is no feeling, we are only rivals and we have to give everything to be champions,” he said.
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The journalist took the opportunity to ask the young people if they expected to make a knockout that night. Before the question, Quiñones assured that this was not the objective of the meeting but he did not rule it out either.
“If it comes out, it comes out. But you don’t have to look for it. If she at one point she hooked up or across the jaw. There are chances of knocking out because we have prepared hard and we are much stronger than before, so it can happen. But you don’t have to look for it, it comes on its own,” said the boxer.
Quiñones lost the fight after being knocked out by his rival. After not responding for several minutes, he was taken from the emergency room to the clinic where they diagnosed that the blow had left him with “neurological, metabolic and functional deterioration,” according to a report from the medical center.
(Also: Boxer Luis Quiñones will be buried in his native Barrancabermeja).
We express our condolences to the family of Boxer Luis Quiñónez who unfortunately passed away at midnight on Thursday, after being declared brain dead, little screen lost his toughest fight, we pray to God for his soul, the sport is in mourning.
– Fed. Col. de Boxeo (@FECOLBOX) September 30, 2022
I wanted to be world champion
After the death of Luis Quiñones, more interviews of the boxer have appeared. Just a few weeks ago she sat down with a reporter from the portal ‘Boxeo de Colombia’ to talk about his professional future and his dreams in the sport.
“Here I am, a boxer who is going to become World Champion, because that is my goal and my dream. I have the dream still alive. I am making a lot of sacrifices, being away from my family and my parents,” she noted.
(Also: Luis Quiñones: why don’t boxers wear head protectors?).
Quiñones added that he was working every day to achieve his goals. The man from Santander explained that he wanted to focus solely on the sport to win all the boxing titles he could find.
“I don’t have children or a wife or anything like that, so I’m very focused on what this sport is. The right one will come. I am very focused and work every day,” she concluded.
The Ministry of Sport, the General Clinic of the North and other boxing portals have already ruled on the death. For its part, Quiñones’ coach, Miguel Ángel ‘El Ñato’ Guzmán, regretted what happened and asked for compassion for his rival, José Muñoz.
Colombian boxing is mourning the death of the boxer from Santander, Luis Quiñones, who lost the fight of his life. Here are parts of the interview granted by the Barranqueño to the Boxeo de Colombia portal pic.twitter.com/lKA3lCQlV5
— DANIEL BARBA (@DAJEBA) September 30, 2022
Dedication, determination, effort and struggle. Luis Andrés Quiñones represented, from above, the values of the Colombian athlete. Today we regret his departure and we join the pain of his family, which is that of an entire country. pic.twitter.com/iyQzVN1tU7
– Ministry of Sport (@MinDeporteCol) September 30, 2022
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