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Boxer Garcia Dies Two Weeks After Being Injured in FIght

May 19, 1995

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Boxer Jimmy Garcia, who underwent brain surgery but never regained consciousness after he was injured in a fight two weeks ago, died today, a nursing supervisor said.

Garcia, a 23-year-old superfeatherweight from Colombia, had collapsed in the corner of the ring May 6 after his World Boxing Council title fight with Gabriel Ruelas was stopped in the 11th round.

Garcia then underweight brain surgery to remove a blood clot.

He died early this morning, said University Hospital nursing supervisor Bill Pellegrino. ``He just never improved,″ he said. ``We were very optimistic that he would do better, but he didn’t.″

Promoter Bob Arum said a drastic weight loss in the weeks leading up to the fight may have contributed to Garcia’s death. Garcia had to lose 30 pounds in two months to make the 130-pound limit for his fight.

Ruelas was devastated by Garcia’s injury, but had been coping better in more recent days, Arum said.

Garcia had taken a beating throughout the fight and seemed to have little punching power. A doctor examined Garcia after the 10th round and allowed the fight to continue when Garcia pleaded his case. It lasted only another 25 seconds when a referee stepped in to stop it with Garcia still on his feet.

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