Prospective BANTAMWEIGHT Kenneth Egano passed away at the young age of 22.
The Filipino boxer from General Santos City competed against Jason Facularin on Saturday, May 6. While the results were being announced at the Imus Sports Gymnasium in Cavite, Egano, who had won on points, slumped in his corner.
His countryman and hero Manny Pacquiao promoted the event as part of the weekly boxing TV show Blow by Blow.
From the location, Egano was transported to the Imus Doctors Hospital. After a brain haemorrhage was found, the boxer was put into a coma.
The 23-year-old Facularin expressed his sorrow over his opponent's passing on Facebook.
“I didn’t expect that this will happen when we did our best. Why did it happen to us? Sorry that it happened. I hope you’re in a good place.”
Blow by Blow also released a statement on Facebook, per Aric John Sy Cua of The Manila Times: "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 the potential to be a future champion."
Egano had a record of 7-1 with three knockouts.