Muay Thai Fighter Christian Daghio Dies Following K.O During WBC Title Fight

Italian fighter Christian Daghio has sadly passed away after a devastating knockout left the 49-year-old in a coma he never came out of.

It happened in the final round of the WBC Asian Boxing Council silver light heavyweight bout fight between Daghio, who was a legend of the Muay Thai scene, and his opponent, Don Pareuang.

Seconds after getting up from a first knockdown, the dazed Daghio was hit with a flurry of punches from Pareuang.

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He hit the canvas hard and the referee quickly ran over to hold the Italian's head up, taking his gum shield out to try and help as his opponent celebrated.

Daghio was then rushed to hospital and it became clear that he had suffered brain damage from the bout.

Unfortunately the 49-year-old was pronounced dead in a Bankok hospital, a week after the knockout.

Christian's brother, Fabrizio, has paid tribute to the fighter, saying he wanted to fight for years to come, and the ring was 'his life':

"He died like he wanted. I have no regrets because he was like that. He wanted to fight till he was 80. The ring was his life and he died as a champion." he said to the Italian media.

"My brother had a girlfriend in Thailand and a five-year-old girl who still doesn't know her father has died."

Christian Daghio was a true legend of the sport. He had over 200 fights under his belt, and won seven world titles in that time.

SPORTbible would like to send out its deepest condolences to Daghio's family and all those who have been affected by this tragedy.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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