The boxing world is in mourning following the tragic passing of Filipino boxer Kenneth Egano. The 22-year-old collapsed into a coma following his bout with Jason Facularin on May 6, and sadly, he passed away just four days later.
Egano was boxing on a card promoted by legendary Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao, as part of his Blow by Blow series. Despite winning the bout against Facularin, Egano appeared in significant discomfort following the bout and collapsed in his corner of the ring while waiting for the scorecards.
Footage from the event showed the distressing scenes as he was rushed away on a stretcher. He was immediately placed into a coma after being rushed to Imus Doctors Hospital, where it was discovered he had suffered a brain hemorrhage.
The referee awarded Egano the victory in absentia, signifying such by raising his own hand without that of a boxer’s attached. The news of Egano’s passing has sent ripples through the boxing world, with many expressing their condolences and paying tribute to the young boxer.
Manny Pacquiao, an eight-time world champion, paid tribute to Egano, expressing his condolences to the family and friends of the young boxer. Pacquiao had previously said that he would pay for Egano’s medical care, highlighting the dangers that boxing poses to those who take part.
Pacquiao said, “There is nothing more precious than human life. Boxing is truly a dangerous sport, and the boxers deserve nothing but respect as they put their lives on the line. Other sports you play, but you don’t play boxing.”
The Philippines’ Games and Amusements Board also paid tribute to Egano, offering their condolences to his family and friends.
Egano’s opponent on the night, Jason Facularin, posted his own tribute on social media expressing shock and sadness at their shared experience.
The tragic passing of Kenneth Egano serves as a reminder of the inherent dangers of the sport of boxing. It is a sport that demands respect for the bravery and skill of the boxers who put their lives on the line every time they step into the ring. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Kenneth Egano during this difficult time.