Zapata has died after succumbing to injuries she sustained in a bout against Terrebonne’s Marie-Pier Houle last Saturday in Montreal.
Zapata, 18, was rushed to a Montreal hospital after being knocked out by Houle at IGA Stadium. The fight was stopped at the end of the fourth round. Zapata died on Thursday, the event’s promoter Groupe Yvon Michel confirmed in a statement posted to Instagram.
“It is with great sadness and torment that we learned, from a representative of her family, that Jeanette Zacarias passed away this afternoon at 3:45 p.m.,” the organizer’s statement read. “We would like to offer our most sincere condolences to her family, loved ones, friends and especially her husband Jovanni Martinez who was at her bedside until her last moments.”
During the bout, Zapata reportedly began convulsing, and was subsequently taken to the hospital, where doctors placed the boxer in a medically-induced coma.
She reportedly died with her husband, Jovanni Martinez, by her side.