Mexican boxer Jeanette Zacarias Zapata, who suffered traumatic brain damage during a boxing contest held Saturday night in Montreal and was subsequently placed in a medically induced coma, succumbed to her injuries five days later Thursday afternoon at Montreal Sacred Heart Hospital. She was 18.

The news was first reported by ESPN Deportes and DAZN Mexico and confirmed in a statement by veteran Canadian promoter Yvon Michel.

Zapata (2-4, 3 KOs) lost consciousness at the end of the fourth round of her women’s welterweight bout against Quebec native Marie-Pier Houle on the undercard of the Kim Clavel-Maria Soledad Vargas main event held at the IGA Stadium on Aug. 28 in Montreal.

Michel, who staged Saturday’s event, issued a statement Thursday evening.

“It is with great sadness and torment that we learned, from a representative of her family, that Jeanette Zacarias Zapata passed away this afternoon at 3:45 pm” reads the statement. “The entire team at Groupe Yvon Michel team is extremely distressed by this painful announcement.

“We would like to offer our most sincere condolences to her family, loved ones, friends and especially her husband Jovanni Martinez who was at her bedside until her last moments.”

The trouble began late in the fourth round, when Houle connected on an uppercut that stunned Zapata. Houle then followed up with a hail of punches, one of which sent Zapata’s mouthpiece flying through the air, compelling the referee to wave off the bout. However, Zapata was unable to return to her own corner. While on her feet, she began to have seizures, prompting medical professionals to rush to her side. She was carried out on a stretcher and taken by ambulance to a Montreal hospital where she went into the ICU.

Placed in a medically induced coma, Zapata was initially in critical condition. But she began to show slight signs of improvement, enough to, at least, according to Michel, rule out the need for surgery.

“At first, the doctors wanted to know if she could be stabilized enough so that they could proceed with surgery,” Michel said in a press conference held Sunday. “On the contrary, the condition of her brain has improved to the extent that an operation is no longer necessary.”

A GoFundMe page for Zapata was launched yesterday with the goal of raising $14,000 to help with Zapata’s recovery and medical expenses. As of Thursday evening, the fund has collected $13,143.

According to Michel’s statement, Martinez, Zapata’s partner and who also fought on the same card Saturday night, would not be commenting on his deceased spouse. 

“Jovanni is devastated and extremely upset,” the statement continued. “Under the circumstances he does not wish to comment, therefore we ask that you respect his decision and allow the family to have their privacy.”

Michel also stated he does not intend to offer any more comment on the matter.