MANILA, Philippines – The parents of an amateur boxer who died after slipping into a coma following a boxing match believe that their son was a victim of a fight mismatch.
Romnick Dablo, an 18-year-old amateur boxer, lost after three rounds of his bout last week in Iba, Zambales. He threw up and fainted following the match and was rushed to a hospital.
He was in a coma for three days before dying last Sunday.
"Kahit sa edad po -- s'ya 18, 'yung kalaban n'ya 27," said Romnick's father, Roberto, who is a former boxer.
Roberto also claimed that Romnick's opponent was bigger and more experienced than his son, who has only been boxing for a year with four amateur fights in his record.
Romnick's mother, Emily, said her son only fought the match so he can earn money to help his cousin, who is hospitalized.
But a town official denied that Romnick’s bout had been a mismatch.
Sangguniang Bayan secretary Dante de Castro said Romnick weighed 53.5-kg for the bout, heavier than his opponent who weighed 52.2-kg.
De Castro added that although Romnick lost, the fight was actually close on the scorecards.
The town of Iba, Zambales has been holding boxing tournaments for eight years and they believe that no fight mismatch occurred during Romnick's bout.
Moreover, De Castro said the referee and judges they used for the tournament were members of the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines (ABAP).
But the ABAP denied that it sanctioned the boxing tournament in Zambales. -- Report from Gretchen Malalad, ABS-CBN News