Kazuki Anaguchi was a promising Japanese boxer born in 2000. In a heartbreaking turn of events, he succumbed to a fatal brain injury at the young age of 23.
This devastating incident unfolded during his match against Seiya Tsutsumi in December. Anaguchi faced defeat after a demanding ten-round bout on the undercard of Naoya Inoue’s historic triumph over Marlon Tapales for the undisputed super-bantamweight world titles.
Anaguchi faced significant challenges in the ring, with Tsutsumi securing victory on points. The grueling contest saw Anaguchi being floored in the fourth, seventh, ninth, and tenth rounds. This ultimately led to his defeat and the loss of the Japanese bantamweight title.
After the match, Anaguchi lost consciousness and was swiftly transported to the hospital. In order to address the severity of his condition, medical professionals conducted an emergency craniotomy to alleviate a subdural hematoma on his brain.
Despite their best efforts, Anaguchi never regained consciousness. Tragically, he was pronounced dead over a month later.
The Japanese Boxing Commission made the somber announcement, making the boxing community surprised. Fans expressed their condolences on social media, reflecting their sorrow over the untimely loss.
Twitter handle NoSmokeBoxing shared the news on X: “The Japanese Boxing Commission have today announced the tragic passing of Kazuki Anaguchi as a result of injuries sustained during his decision loss to Seiya Tsutsumi on the 26th December in Tokyo. May he rest in peace.”
One fan shared their condolences, stating: “RIP and my condolences to his family.”
Another fan wrote: “Wow RIP that is so sad man.”
A third fan wrote: “Very very sad, RIP champ.”
Kazuki Anaguchi’s tragic demise serves as an important reminder of the inherent risks in the world of professional boxing. The boxing community mourns the loss of a young talent, and his legacy will undoubtedly linger in the hearts of those who followed his promising career.