Mixed-martial arts competition has taken a lot of the heat off of boxing when it comes to scrutinized physical sports but that doesn’t mean the old-fashioned grudge match has went soft.

23-year-old Oscar “Fantasma” Gonzalez, a Mexican boxer, has reportedly died as a result of the injuries he suffered in his fight against Jesus Galicia for the World Boxing Council’s Latino Silver championship on Saturday, February 1.

Via Fox Sports:

Canelo Promotions says in a statement that Gonzalez died Monday after suffering ”a severe brain injury and brain stem damage” two days earlier. The 23-year-old fighter lost consciousness after being knocked out in a bout in Mexico City and was taken to a hospital.

It was the second boxing fatality in Mexico in three months. Francisco ”Frankie” Leal died in November several days after being knocked out by Raul Hirales in a fight at the Mexican Pacific resort of Los Cabos.

According to Ring TV, Gonzalez’s family will receive a $50K life insurance settlement from WBC.

“My staff members called me at midnight. They had gone to the hospital with him and he has suffered a very critical mental injury, said Mauricio Sulaiman, the WBC Secretary General. It’s so unfortunate. It’s a really, really sad situation. They went to the hospital and they stayed with him, and they called me immediately.”

Check out the video of the fatal blow on the next page.

Photo: YouTube

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