27 year old Roman Simakov was an accomplished Russian boxer, former holder of the title of the WBC Champion of Asia with 19 victories (9 with knockouts), two losses and one draw. On December 5, 2011 he fought against his countryman Sergei Kovalev for the WBC champion title in the weight category below 79.38 kg. During the fight, Roman Simakov sustained brain injuries that left him in a coma from which he never woke up. Sergei Kovalev was declared winner by TKO.
After his collapse in the 7th round, Roman Simakov was taken to hospital in Ekaterinburg but in spite of the efforts of surgeons to revive him, he soon died. He was buried in his hometown of Kemerovo.
It looks kind of like the death of this Indonesian boxer. At first, you would think that the body shot after which Sergei Kovalev collapsed did him in, but it wasn’t so hard and barely did any damage. By that time, the boxer was already near death, but still trying to overcome losses of consciousness and instinctively continued to fight. Neither his opponent nor the referee saw he was in trouble cause he really didn’t show it and then… it was too late.
Horrible tragedy, but I suppose for a boxer at heart, it is better to die in the ring than slowly wither away as the tooth of time irreversibly erodes your former strength and vigor.
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