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Whittom Dies After Being in 10 Month Coma Following KO Loss

Canadian boxer David Whittom, who had been in an induced coma since suffering a brain hemorrhage following a fight last spring, has died. He was 39.

His partner, Jelena Zerdoner, announced his death on Facebook on Friday.

"With a broken heart in a million pieces, I announce to you my friends that my David Whittom has joined the angels and my mother this afternoon," she said in French. Rest in peace my champion."

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Whittom's passing nearly 10 months after a knockout prompted an outpouring of support on social media from friends, fans and fellow boxers.

Brandon Brewer, a professional boxer and Canadian light middleweight champion from Fredericton, offered his "deepest condolences" to Whittom's family.

"Every time Dave came down to Fredericton he would help me train," Brewer said in a Facebook post Saturday.

"He was always trying to help guide me in the right direction. He always taught me to stay positive and stay focused no matter what."

Whittom, a native of Saint Quentin, N.B., was once a promising super-middleweight who fought world title contenders.

Saskatoon's Gary Kopas beat him by technical knockout with just 37 seconds left in the 10-round bout in May.

Whittom became ill hours later and was taken to hospital in Fredericton and later to Saint John, N.B., where he underwent surgery the next day.

He had twice considered retirement, hanging up his gloves briefly only to return to the ring.

Whittom was a rugged journeyman who was often used to test the resolve of rising prospects.

Some of the boxers hs faced include Hughie Fury, Oscar Rivas, Eleider Alvarez, Tye Fields, Lateef Kayode, Lionell Thompson, Adonis Stevenson and many other recognizable names when they were coming up in the ranks. 

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by -Makunouchi- on 03-18-2018

Rip champ. Everyone has a hour glass attached. Its just a matter of living your life to the fullest. One thing is for sure, he loved the sport that much and had live with it..

Comment by Johnny Utah on 03-18-2018

This is exactly why any sort of rabbit punching Should not be tolerated. I don’t know what exactly happened in this fight but this is a reality that boxers Do put their life’s on the line each & every time…

Comment by istt on 03-18-2018

Always tragic. RIP.

Comment by .!WAR MIKEY! on 03-18-2018

R.I.P. Sucks, whenever they induced a coma its never ends well.

Comment by BLASTER1 on 03-18-2018

[QUOTE=lex_fugitive;18582618]That's what you get for losing. You don't see winners dying from a fight.[/QUOTE] Good one idiot. Losers like you dont belong to even be heard on this forum.

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