Joel Cahuasqui tragically lost his life at the age of just 25 after being knocked out by a head kick during an amateur fight in Ecuador.
Despite wearing protective head gear, the kickboxer was knocked out cold during the KickBoxing National Selective and Pacific Cup Championship last week in his native country.
According to El Notre, there were no paramedics or physicians at ringside when the fight concluded and Cahuasqui was rushed to hospital.
He suffered a brain haemorrhage from the high kick and doctors were not able to save him as the young fighter was later removed from his ventilator and pronounced dead.
Journalist Alberto Astudillo B. confirmed Cahuasqui passed away from the high kick, adding several details and sharing a video of the kick that ended his life.
He wrote: “I regret to report that the athlete from the Imbabura records, Joel Cahuasqui, has just died, according to reports from those close to him.
“The athlete had a brain stem haemorrhage after a match held in the Pacific Cup and National Selective Kickboxing Championship.”
With more and more celebrities entering the world of fight sports, Cahuasqui’s tragic death is a tragic reminder that combat sports must be taken seriously.