Francisco “Franky” Leal of Mexicali died Tuesday, three days after being knocked out in the eighth round by countryman Raul Hirales at Auditorio Municipal in Cabo San Lucas, several outlets are reporting.
Leal had been decked in the sixth round, then again in the eighth. He collapsed and eventually died from a brain injury sustained in the fight. Leal was just 26.
In 2010, he was knocked out in the 10th round by Evgeny Gradovich and taken on a stretcher to a hospital.
Leal, a super bantamweight, went 20-8-3 with 13 knockouts over a career.that began in January 2005.