Medics at the boxing event of the ongoing 21st National Sports Festival NSF, tagged ‘Delta 2022’ battled to save dead boxer Chucks Igbouargo.
Igbouargo of Team Imo took on Prince Gaby Amagor of Team Delta in the 86kg bout at the boxing events at Asaba on Sunday.
He was said to be walking out of the hall when he suddenly collapsed.
Secretary of the Nigeria Boxing Federation, NBF, Dapo Akinyele said medics placed him on oxygen and tried to stabilize him, but he died before getting to the hospital.
According to Akinyele, while speaking with the newsmen on wednesday evening at the Stephen Keshi Stadium said he was well and okay and did not show any sign of distress.
He said his coach was with him but, stepped out to get some equipment momentarily, unsuspecting the boxer was in danger.
An official of the Local Organising Committee, LOC, said the boxing events had to continue because, there was no reason to stop the bouts since it was an accident outside the ring.
Since the incident, the body of the boxer had been taken back to Imo state just as the state Government commiserates with his family and the concerned.