A Tragic Incident
Kenneth Egano, a 22-year-old boxer from General Santos City, Philippines, died on May 10, 2023, after a four-day coma. He suffered from a brain hemorrhage during his last fight against Jason Facularin on May 6, 2023, at “Blow by Blow”, a boxing event supported by former senator and eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao. According to Spiel Times, Egano collapsed while waiting for the fight result, which he won by unanimous decision. He was then rushed to the hospital, where he underwent surgery and remained in critical condition until his passing.
An Investigation by GAB
The Games and Amusements Board (GAB), the pro sports regulatory body in the Philippines, conducted an investigation into the incident and concluded that there was no mismatch in booking the fight, and “Blow by Blow” was not negligent in its medical routines. GAB chairman Atty. Richard Clarin stated that Egano’s death was just one of the inherent dangers of boxing, a high-risk sport that exposes athletes to the possibility of serious injury and even death in the ring. He also said that GAB would continue to implement safety measures and protocols to protect the welfare of boxers.
A Promise to His Mother
Egano had a promising career as a boxer, with a professional record of seven wins and one loss. He also had 47 fights as an amateur. Before his final bout, he had promised his mother Anabelle that he would retire from boxing if he did not become a world champion in three years. He said that he wanted to give his family a better life and pursue his studies. His mother said that she was proud of her son and that he was a good person who helped others.
A Support from Pacquiao
Pacquiao, who is known as a boxing legend and a dedicated advocate for the sport’s safety, expressed his condolences to Egano’s family and friends. He also promised to shoulder all the medical costs for Egano’s treatment and burial. He said that he was saddened by the loss of a fellow boxer and that he hoped that Egano’s death would serve as a wake-up call for everyone involved in boxing to be more careful and responsible.
The boxing community mourns the loss of Kenneth Egano, a young boxer whose life was cut short by a tragic incident in the ring. His death serves as a reminder of the inherent dangers of the sport and the need for continuous efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of athletes. He will be remembered as a talented and hardworking fighter who had a bright future ahead of him.