Boxing officials have been slammed for their treatment of Christian Daghio, who died after he was KO’d during a fight.
Italian boxer Daghio, 49, died after fighting in a WBC Asian Boxing Council light heavyweight bout against Don Pareuang in Thailand recently.
Daghio was knocked down a number of times in the final round, with the final blow sending him crashing to the canvas, unconscious.
The referee immediately stopped the fight, with medical staff rushing into the ring to help Daghio.
He was rushed to a nearby hospital and placed in a coma, but he never regained consciousness.
In the aftermath of the tragedy, officials have come under fire for their treatment of the stricken boxer.
A photo posted on social media by boxing fan account ‘Sweet Science Lab’, shows Daghio being treated in the ring as officials conduct the victory ceremony for Pareuang.
@WBCBoxing @wbcmoro This is one of the most disgraceful things to happen in boxing for some time. While Christian Daghio lay unconscious and dying in the ring being attended by medical staff your officials conduct the belt and victory ceremony. Utterly disgraceful conduct! pic.twitter.com/ow9LecDreV
— Sweet Science Lab (@SweetSciencePhD) November 3, 2018
“This is one of the most disgraceful things to happen in boxing for some time,” the account wrote.
Boxing journalist Niall Doran was also less than impressed.
“Agreed. This is very bad form and unacceptable in any part of the world. Period,” he tweeted in reply.
Agreed. This is very bad form and unacceptable in any part of the world. Period.
— Niall Doran (@NiallerDoran) November 5, 2018
Another user defended officials, claiming it was common practice in boxing.
Nothing wrong with this. Can happen, folks. It's the game…
— Didsken (@PaganPaddy) November 4, 2018
However the ‘Sweet Science Lab’ account was perturbed by the fact that the medical staff weren’t given space to properly tend to Daghio.
“As super sad as his death is, my point was about the medical staff not having control of their surroundings,” they wrote.
“The decision to hold the victory ceremony in the ring while he was being worked on is awful on a tonne of levels. The sole focus should have been his well being.”
As super sad as his death is, my point was about the medical staff not having control of their surroundings. The decision to hold the victory ceremony in the ring while he was being worked on is awful on a tonne of levels. The sole focus should have been his well being.
— Sweet Science Lab (@SweetSciencePhD) November 4, 2018
Daghio spent most of his career in Muay Thai, before turning to boxing.
He fought 189 times in Muay Thai and won 145, including several world titles.
His brother Fabrizio said 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 told Italian media.
“My brother had a girlfriend in Thailand and a five-year-old girl who still doesn’t know her father has died.”
It is with deep regret and a heavy heart that we have learned of the passing away of CHRISTIAN Daghio Italian boxer living in thailand RIP pic.twitter.com/jut4gPSs29
— Mauricio Sulaiman (@wbcmoro) November 2, 2018
Italian Muay Thai fighter Christian Daghio, succumbed to his injuries and died one week after going down in the last round during a title fight in Bangkok. Photo: Kombat Group Thailand https://t.co/bE3WQmhNaM pic.twitter.com/FfuI5mQyvd
— Antonio White (@itarrori) November 4, 2018