July 4, 2005

Mexican super lightweight dies after Las Vegas bout

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) - A Mexican superlightweight has become the fifth boxer in 11 years to die as aresult of a fight in Nevada, a Las Vegas newspaper reported.

Martin Sanchez, 26, died in a Las Vegas hospital onSaturday as a result of injuries sustained in a fight onFriday, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

"It's just a tragedy and something you never want to haveto deal with," Nevada Athletic Commission executive directorMarc Ratner told the newspaper.

"We're all devastated and shocked by this. I'm satisfiedthat we followed every one of our procedures to give him thebest care we could, but to have this still happen, it reallyhurts."

Sanchez, who had a 13-10 record with 10 knockouts, wasknocked out in the ninth round by Russian Rustam Nugaev.