Pro boxer Kazuki Anaguchi has died aged 23 after suffering a brain injury in a fight in December

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Japanese boxer Kazuki Anaguchi has died as a result of injuries he suffered during his loss to Seiya Tsutsumi on the postcard of Naoya Inoue’s inconclusive win over Marlon Tapales on December 26, a commission announced Japanese Boxing Friday. Anaguchi was 23 years old.

Anaguchi began his career with a perfect 6-0 record, leading to a 10-round bout with Tsutsumi in Tokyo. In his fourth professional fight, Anaguchi defeated Jonathan Taconing, a three-time challenger for the world title, winning all three rounds on the official scorecards.

The bantamweight fight with Tsutsumi was an exciting bout that saw Anaguchi keep the fight close despite being knocked down in Rounds 4, 7, 9 and 10 before finally losing by scores 95-91, 94-92 and 94-92. After the fight, Anaguchi was shown in his corner with his legs spinning while his corner tended to cut.

Anaguchi was taken to the hospital before emergency brain surgery. Anaguchi remained unconscious after the operation before he died on Friday.

Anaguchi held a non-professional record of 68-6 before his debut in July 2021. The fight with Tsutsumi was the first 10-round fight of his career and his third fight of 2023.

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