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U.S AMATEUR BOXER DIES DURING HEAVYWEIGHT BOUT
By Ronnie Nathanielsz
Sat, 23 Feb 2013
American amateur heavyweight boxer Jerimiah “JJ” Moen who collapsed during a super heavyweight bout in a Golden Gloves tournament in East Grand Folks, Minnesota last Saturday has passed away.
The Grand Forks Herald reported that North Dakota boxer Jerimiah "JJ" Moen died in a hospital on Wednesday morning.
The report said the 29-year-old Moen collapsed after the first round of a scheduled three-round bout and his uncle, Mike Sweeney, was quoted as saying Moen had "serious trauma" to his brain from previous injuries, including concussions.
Sweeney said “We don’t know if it was from boxing or other things. In no way is anyone blaming anybody. Nobody foresaw this. Obviously this will open the eyes of everyone in boxing that maybe they’ve got to have maybe a little more testing and things like that.”
Moen had remained unconscious and in critical condition since the fight.
Moen had fought for some four years during high school and then returned to the ring last year. He was named a 2012 Golden Gloves Tri-State regional champion.
Moen had remained unconscious and in critical condition since he collapsed at the end of the first round during the Golden Gloves sanctioned bout at the American Legion Club in East Grand Forks and was rushed to the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks and was on a life support system.
Sweeney said Moen “was a great fighter but a better person.”
Moen’s coach Eddie Obregon of the Forx Fighters boxing club, said Moen collapsed after the first round of a scheduled three-round super-heavyweight bout and that there had not been a “devastating” punch in the opening round .
Photo: Moen with fiancee.
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