Luis Quinones has died five days after he was rushed to hospital following a title bout against Jose Munoz in Barranquilla, Colombia.
Quinones suffered a heavy blow to the head in the bout – and he was rushed to hospital to undergo surgery on a blood clot. And five days later, after being in a coma, his brother has confirmed his death.
In a post on Facebook, his brother Leonardo said: “Now you are in the arms of your heavenly, whom you adored and served. I love you my brother Luis Quinones, forever in our hearts.”
His opponent in the bout, Munoz has also paid tribute: “I never thought that a dream could turn into a real nightmare.
“The desire to succeed in life put us both on the same path, but because of those things in life and especially the profession we chose, today you are in a situation that we never imagined.
“During the last days, your image does not stop in my head, and I think about the great future that lies ahead. We have been partners and friends of sparring which has allowed me to know all the good things you have to offer as a person and as an athlete.”
Quinones had made his debut in 2018, and quickly made a name for himself going undefeated in 11 bouts – six via knockout – before he faced Munoz for the national title. Munoz was also undefeated heading into the bout.
The Colombian boxing federation said: “Unfortunately he lost that battle, we express our sincere condolences to his entire family.
“Peace in his grave and resignation to the designs of God.”