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Man dies after being knocked down at underground boxing match in Brazil

Man, 34, dies after being knocked down at underground boxing match in Brazil then taken to hospital after ref is forced to stop fight

  • Jonas ‘Warrior of Light’ de Andrade died at a local hospital in Piauí, Brazil, on Sunday from a skull injury sustained during a clandestine boxing match
  • The 34-year-old participated in one of five fights held at a gym in Teresina, Piauí, Saturday evening and was knocked down twice
  • Following the second, the referee called the fight but de Andrade collapsed as he was about to be escorted to the ring
  • De Andrade was taken to Buenos Aires Hospital where he went into cardiac arrest early Sunday

A 34-year-old man who was knocked down at a clandestine boxing match by an opponent he reportedly paid $183 to fight, was then rushed to a local hospital where he later died after going into cardiac arrest.

Jonas ‘Warrior of Light’ de Andrade took part in a match, captured on video, that was held at a local boxing academy in Teresina, Piauí, in Brazil Saturday night.

De Andrade, who worked as a security guard, was matched up with a boxer only identified as Jonathan in a fight that was not sanctioned by the Piauí Boxing Federation, according to Brazilian online news portal G1.

Footage of the bout shows de Andrade throwing several punches at Jonathan before stepping toward the opposite side of the ring. Jonathan then appears to land a right shot to the left side of de Andrade’s head.

After throwing a jab, Jonathan pushes de Andrade into the ropes. De Andrade then reacts by hugging Jonathan and falls to the canvas, seemingly hit by an overhand right punch.

Jonas ‘Warrior of Light’ de Andrade took part in a clandestine boxing match that was held at a local boxing academy in Piauí, Brazil, on Saturday night. He was knocked down twice and collapsed while he was being escorted from the ring. Paramedics rushed the 34-year-old to a Buenos Aires Hospital where he went into cardiac arrest and died as a result of a skull injury Sunday, according to Brazilian online news portal G1

A conscious Jonas 'Warrior of Light' de Andrade sits in his corner after the fight was called following the second knockdown while fighting a boxer identified as Jonathan on Saturday. The 34-year-old, who worked as a security guard, died early Sunday at a local hospital

A conscious Jonas ‘Warrior of Light’ de Andrade sits in his corner after the fight was called following the second knockdown while fighting a boxer identified as Jonathan on Saturday. The 34-year-old, who worked as a security guard, died early Sunday at a local hospital

Jonas 'Warrior of Light' de Andrade reportedly participated in a test event and paid $183 to fight his opponent

Jonas ‘Warrior of Light’ de Andrade reportedly participated in a test event and paid $183 to fight his opponent

An unnamed referee subsequently stands over de Andrade shouting instructions to him before de Andrade stands up. After the referee resumes the fight, de Andrade remains near the corner and takes a flurry of shots without responding.

De Andrade is then hit with a left shot that sends him stumbling toward the ropes. Jonathan connects three more punches, including an overhand right that knocks down de Andrade. 

De Andrade eventually gets back on his feet, but struggles to stand on his own.

Jonas 'Warrior of Light' de Andrade (red trunks) and a boxer identified as Jonathan (blue trunks) fight during a clandestine boxing match in Piauí, Brazil, on Saturday night. De Andrade was knocked out two times before the fight was stopped and then collapsed as he was being led away from the ring. He died early Sunday at a local hospital after going into cardiac arrest

Jonas ‘Warrior of Light’ de Andrade (red trunks) and a boxer identified as Jonathan (blue trunks) fight during a clandestine boxing match in Piauí, Brazil, on Saturday night. De Andrade was knocked out two times before the fight was stopped and then collapsed as he was being led away from the ring. He died early Sunday at a local hospital after going into cardiac arrest

Jonathan (blue trunks) stands over Jonas 'Warrior of Light' de Andrade (red trunks) after the first knock down

Jonathan (blue trunks) stands over Jonas ‘Warrior of Light’ de Andrade (red trunks) after the first knock down

A referee tends to Jonas ¿Warrior of Light¿ de Andrade after he was knocked down for a second time during a match that was not sanctioned by the Piauí Boxing Federation

A referee tends to Jonas “Warrior of Light” de Andrade after he was knocked down for a second time during a match that was not sanctioned by the Piauí Boxing Federation

Separate video footage shows de Andrade later sitting on a stool in his corner and then being helped out of the ring. Moments later, de Andrade collapses and has to be carried out.

De Andrade was taken to Buenos Aires Hospital and died early Sunday from a skull injury.

According to an order imposed by Piauí Governor Wellington Dias, because of the COVID-19 outbreak, indoor or outdoor events are banned.

José Claudio, owner of the Fundo de Quintal where the fight took place, defended the event saying it was not held in secrecy. 

‘It was a test event. An event must have at least 10 fights and this one only had five,’ Claudio said. ‘And it was (held) to collect (funds) to make future events in Teresina.’

He said he has been in contact with his legal team and that he will provide assistance to de Andrade’s family. 

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