In a devastating turn of events, Argentinian boxer Sabrina Perez is left mourning the loss of her beloved husband and trainer, Diego Arrua, who tragically suffered a heart attack during her title fight on Friday night. The fight, which took place in Mexico against Australian Skye Nicolson, was for the interim WBC featherweight title.
The heartbreaking incident occurred between the ninth and 10th rounds, as Arrua, 58, collapsed in Perez's corner. Reports indicate that Perez was not present in the ring when the results were announced following the fight. WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman later confirmed Arrua's passing, expressing deep sadness over the sudden death. He wrote, "It is with deep sadness that we have been informed of the sudden death of Argentine coach Diego Arrua, who suffered a devastating heart attack during the Sabrina Perez fight in Tijuana. The medical services did everything possible, and he died at the QDEP general hospital."
Condolences poured in for Perez from around the world, with Skye Nicolson among those paying their respects online. Nicolson expressed her sympathies and stated, "Today I'm leaving Tijuana with a heavy heart. All of my thoughts and prayers are with Sabrina Perez and her family during this incredibly painful and horrible time. My heart is broken for this warrior, and I can't even imagine what she is going through. Please hold your loved ones close, life is not fair, and you never know when will be your last moment with someone. May Diego Arrua rest peacefully."
The title fight, promoted by Matchroom Boxing, released a message after the bout expressing their thoughts and condolences for Perez and her loved ones. This tragic event has cast a cloud over the competition, leaving everyone grieving for the loss of a respected coach and husband.
Diego Arrua's passing is not only a significant loss for Perez but also a blow to the boxing community. Arrua played a crucial role in Perez's career, serving as both her husband and trainer. Together, they had built a strong bond and had been working towards achieving greatness in the boxing world.
Perez, who was defending her WBC interim featherweight champion title, now faces the immense challenge of coping with the loss of her husband and continuing her boxing career without his guidance and support. The road ahead will undoubtedly be filled with emotional hurdles, but the boxing community stands ready to support Perez during this difficult time.
As the news of Arrua's tragic passing spreads, the world mourns the loss of a dedicated coach and cherished individual. The boxing community comes together to honor Arrua's memory, offering thoughts, prayers, and condolences to Perez and her family. The legacy of Diego Arrua will forever be remembered in the hearts of those whose lives he touched, both inside and outside the ring.