Australian boxer Davey Browne Jr. passed away in a Sydney hospital Monday, just days after collapsing during a fight in at Ingleburn RSL in Sydney, Australia Friday.
Just 28 years old, Browne was knocked out by Carlo Magali in the 12th round of their super featherweight title overseen by the International Boxing Federation. Sydney news publication 9News reported that those in attendance said Browne struggled to breathe and began suffering seizures after losing consciousness upon being seated onto his stool.
John McDougall, president of the Australian National Boxing Federation, was in attendance for the bout, calling the incident “horriffic,” per the Sydney Morning Herald.
He also told Fairfax Media:
“He dropped right in front of me, I could’ve reached out and touched him. The Filipino hit him with a crashing punch and he was out cold before he hit the floor.”
He was taken to a nearby hospital after paramedics attempted to stabilize him. As of Friday, Sept. 11, Browne was considered to be in critical condition and never regained his consciousness.
Local police will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Browne’s passing comes just several months after another boxing tragedy that saw fellow Australian Brayd Smith died two days after a match in March of this year. People in the Australian medical community called on local officials to ban the sport.
Browne is survived by his two children and his wife.