Student dies in fraternal fight club match

A student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), died last week from brain damage after an amateur “fight night” charity boxing event.

Nathan Valencia, 20 years old, campus at UNLV joined Kappa Sigma Brotherhood“Fight Night,” an off-campus event aimed at raising money, said UNLV president Keith Whitfield.

About five minutes into the fight, Valencia collapsed and was taken to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries and died of brain damage on November 23, his family said in a statement.

Valencia is a zoology student and an active member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Consortium. Reports say he joined the event, even though he had no prior boxing experience, to raise money for charity.

A flyer for the “night of fights” shared on Instagram advertised “Emmanuel Aleman vs Nathan Valencia” as the “main event”.

It says: “Go out and support your favorite boxers or just have a good time watching the losers of the year.

However, viewers said that the event seemed like an “underground fight club”, reports 8 NewsNow.

“I was like this, this, it’s like an underground fight club,” Joe Castro, a friend of Valencia’s, told Valencia’s Joe Castro. 8 NewsNow.

“I see no medical, no doctor, nothing.”

Castro added that when Valencia fell five minutes into the fight, he didn’t get immediate help.

“…The members were there doing their own thing while Nathan was in the ring like he was lying there,” Castro said. “It’s ridiculous.”

Talking to KTNV Lacey Foster, Valencia’s girlfriend, said: ‘Once I walked in there, I just had a really weird feeling.

She said: ‘I remember in one fight someone’s headgear fell off and then in Nathan’s fight you could see him trying to run away to catch his breath. .

Professional boxing referee Richard Steele, who reviewed footage from the event, said 8 NewsNow that the referee at the match did not appear to be a professional.

“Whenever I see a fighter turning his back on a fight, the fight is over,” Mr. Steele said.

He added that a boxing match like that should have had a doctor and an ambulance on duty.

In a statement, Valencia’s family said: “Our preliminary investigation revealed that mistakes were made and safety precautions were ignored. We will complete a full investigation to determine how UNLV and the Kappa Sigma Fraternity could enable and facilitate an event like this. College students shouldn’t be put in a situation where they’re pitted against each other for a fight.”

“We will not be interested in determining how a 20-year-old youth ended up in a school-approved amateur match that cost him his life,” the statement said. to add.

While the family says the event is held annually and is known to both the university administration and the fraternity, UNLV says it is looking into how off-campus events can be made. can be held securely.

“UNLV is committed to providing all available resources to look into the matter and determine how off-campus events like this can be as safe as possible. Mr Whitfield said: “Mr Whitfield said.

Students held a candlelight ceremony for Valencia, who is expected to turn 21 over the weekend.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for the Valencia family’s medical and funeral expenses.

This provision was revised on December 2, 2021. It was previously stated that Mr. Valencia was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, but that he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

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JACLYN DIAZ

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