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Hugo Santillan Tragically Passes Away Due to Injuries Sustained in Saturday Fight

NEW YORK - AUGUST 26:  Boxing gloves at the Aerospace Performance Center on August 26, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
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In what has already been a devastating week for the boxing world, there was even more tragic news regarding a young fighter.

As fans across the world continue to mourn the death of 28-year-old Maxim Dadashev, another boxer, Hugo Santillan passed away at the age of 23 early Thursday morning.

Santillan, like Dadashev, died due to injuries sustained during a fight. His nose started bleeding in the middle of his last bout against Eduardo Javier Abreu on Saturday in Argentina, and he passed out while the judges were announcing that the match had been ruled a draw.

According to the doctors who treated him, Santillan arrived at the hospital unconscious and unfortunately never regained consciousness. Swelling in his brain was to blame. It continued to worsen as they tried to treat him, and it ultimately affected the functions of his organs, sending him into cardiac arrest.

He was a quality fighter who was on the rise. The Argentinean, nicknamed "Dinamita," was 19-6-2 since he debuted professionally back in 2015.

It's another tragic loss of a young fighter that serves as a reminder of a harshness and brutality of this sport, as well as the risks it poses to those who participate. Our thoughts are with Hugo's family at this most difficult of times.