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August 10, 2017

DOMINICAN BOXER GEYSI LORENZO DIES FROM BOXING MATCH

Dominican boxer Geysi Lorenzo died on Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 after a fight against Jeffrey Castillo. Lorenzo is listed with a lowly 15-35-1 reported record. Disturbingly, there are reports that he was allowed to fight, perhaps under a different name, just four days prior to his fatal loss. Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, President of the WBA, said his organization will conduct an investigation.  The Dominican press, specifically Listin Diario, in an article by Yoel Adames, reports that “in the middle of July, Lorenzo was hit by a vehicle on highway. Later, the article quotes boxing trainer Carlos Wilson, who stated: “He fought on July 26th, where he was battered by prospect Geraldo Valdez, and three days later he was injured by another young man, Jeffry Castillo, in La Romana, where he got hit in the head, had to go to the hospital and look what happened”.

“It really hurt me to see what is happening with Geysi Lorenzo’s case, it could not be prevented and that is very bad. We have to put a stop to these things. We will make the corresponding investigations and, if it is the case, there must be sanctions. We have to make a call on the Dominican Republic Commission, because if it allows this, then it is damaging the health of the athletes, which is above all, and the sport in general”, said the WBA President.

The WBA promised to conduct an investigations and, if warranted,, apply appropriate sanctions.



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