Boxer in critical condition in coma after being carried from ring on stretcher

A female boxer is in a critical condition in a coma after she was carried from the ring on a stretcher during an event in Montreal on Saturday night.

Jeanette Zacarias Zapata, 18, was stopped by Marie-Pier Houle after four rounds before collapsing to the floor moments later. She was attended to by medical staff before being taken from the ring on a stretcher and hospitalised.

Mexican Zapata was taking part in her sixth professional bout at the GYM Gala Boxing event in Canada, but had to withstand a flurry of powerful punches from Canadian boxer Houle and was clinging on to the ropes when the bell rang.

Referee Albert Paduano Junior immediately went over to Zapata to check on her and then duly signalled the end of the fight.

Originally, it just looked like a precautionary measure but just seconds later, Zapata began having convulsions and her trainer Jovanni Martinez laid her down on the ring.

The medical team on site quickly rushed to her side and she was placed on a stretcher and taken to the ambulance, which took her to hospital. Doctors have described her condition as critical but stable.

Event organiser Yvon Michel confirmed Zapata would be kept sedated for the next five days.

"She didn’t regain consciousness," he said.

"She was sedated in order to rest her body and her brain. The doctors didn’t give her much of a chance initially, but they find her situation has improved a lot.

"The next two to five days will be critical and she will be kept sedated for that period.

"I only realised the magnitude of the situation after seeing her. I wish it had happened to me instead of Jeanette; I am frustrated.

"The next six weeks will then be critical in determining if there is damage and how much damage it has."

Michel added that Zapata's boyfriend and trainer are with her in Montreal, and are in contact with her family back in Mexico up to 25 times per day.

Houle, 31, briefly celebrated her fourth professional win before realising her opponent was seriously injured.

"This is not the thing you want to see," she said.

"I was definitely going for the knockout, but I would have preferred her to come out on her feet, not lying on a stretcher.

"We're keeping our fingers crossed that everything goes well."

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