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Monday, 24 June, 2002, 22:29 GMT 23:29 UK
Alcazar is boxing's latest tragedy
Pedro Alcazar was given the medical all-clear after his loss to Fernado Montiel.
Alcazar took numerous heavy blows to the head
Panamanian fighter Pedro Alcazar has collapsed and died some 36 hours after he was stopped in a title fight in Las Vegas.

Alcazar was stopped in the sixth round of his WBO junior bantamweight title against Fernando Montiel on the undercard of the Barrero-Morales bout at the MGM Grand.

He was examined in the ring immediately after the fight and later in the dressing room but two doctors found nothing wrong with the boxer.


If anybody had shown the least bit of concern we would have sent him to hospital
Nevada SAC member
Dr Flip Homansky
Dr Flip Homansky, a member of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, said: "I've never seen anything like it.

"To my knowledge, there has never, ever, been something like this happen so long after a fight."

Homansky said Alcazar felt fine on Sunday, spending the day sightseeing on the Las Vegas Strip with his cornermen.

He said he had a slight headache about 6pm local time and took a painkiller but had no other symptoms.

Head punches

Alcazar was in his hotel room getting ready to fly home when he collapsed at about 6am local time on Monday.

The 26-year-old, making the second defence of his WBO title, had a 25-1-0 record going into Saturday's fight - his US debut - but was no match for Montiel.

Alcazar was was stopped in the sixth round by Fernando Montiel.
Ref Ken Bayless checks Alcazar in round six
Alcazar took a number of hard head punches before the fight was finally stopped by referee Ken Bayless with him still standing in the sixth round.

He was immediately examined by Dr Margaret Goodman, a neurologist, and later in the dressing room by Dr William Berliner.

Homansky added: "If anybody had shown the least bit of concern we would have sent him to hospital."

Alcazar had last fought on 19 April in Panama, where he stopped Alfredo Toro in the fourth round.

A single parent of two, he began boxing at the age of 10 and was the Panamanian Golden Gloves champion and a gold medallist in the Central American Games.

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