Hugo Santillan: Argentine Boxer Dies After Sustaining Injuries
Argentine boxer Hugo Alfredo “Dinamita” Santillan died Thursday in Buenos Aires of injuries suffered in the ring during Saturday’s draw against Uruguayan fighter Eduardo Javier Abreu.
The 23-year-old collapsed in the ring on Saturday shortly after his WBC Latino Silver lightweight bout with Eduardo Javier Abreu in Argentina ended in a draw.
Santillan underwent surgery for a clot in his brain and twice went into cardiorespiratory failure before he died of cardiac arrest at 12:35 a.m. local time Thursday, Olocco said.
“Rest in Peace, Hugo Santillan,” the World Boxing Council said in a tweet.
RIP Hugo Santillan.
He passed away from injuries suffered during Saturday’s fight which ended in a draw.
We join Hugo’s family and friends in grief, support and wish prompt resignation.
— World Boxing Council (@WBCBoxing) July 25, 2019
The 28-year-old had been hospitalised with bleeding on the brain after his IBF light-welterweight fight against Subriel Matias was stopped at the end of the 11th round last Friday.
Santillan (19-6-2), a super lightweight, made his pro debut in 2015. Eight of his 19 victories came by knockout. He was the son of fighter Hugo Alfredo Santillan and was from the same region, Santa Fe, as Marcos Rene “Chino” Maidana.