We often complain about championship boxing matches that lack action. But often, boxing is a brutal sport.
That brutality was played out last weekend when Mexican fighter Francisco “Frankie” Leal was knocked out by Raul Hirales in a televised match in Cabo San Lucas.
He was 26.
It didn’t appear like the punch that knocked him out was severe, but the seriousness of his injury was evident by his lack of response in the ring. He was taken out of the ring on a stretcher—the second time he’s been carried out of a ring on a stretcher in just over a year.
Leal died on Tuesday, never coming out of a coma that he apparently slipped into while he was in the ring.
Three years ago Leal, who turned professional in 2005, fought for the junior featherweight world title. He lost that fight to Celestino Caballero of Panama, who stopped Leal in the eighth round.
The tape above is cued to the 38 minute mark of the fight, just before Leal was knocked out.