Tragic event at the GYM gala: “overwhelming” images for Marie-Pier Houle

August 30, 2021 by archyde

The boxer Marie-Pier Houle, who knocked out the Mexican Jeanette Zacarias Zapata, during the boxing gala of the Yvon Michel Group (GYM) on Saturday evening, is deeply shaken by the precarious state of her opponent who is still in critical condition but stable almost 48 hours after the fight.

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In an interview with the program “Le Québec Matin” on the airwaves of LCN Monday, Houle still had the throat knotted by emotions thinking back to the “dreadful” events of Saturday.

“It’s really not easy. I am experiencing emotions right now that I would never have wanted to experience. I have been boxing for so long out of passion, I love what I do, I know there are always risks. “

The Quebecer notably wrote a message on her Facebook page in support of Jeanette Zacarias Zapata, a young pugilist who received $ 1,800 to enter the ring.

“The events of yesterday have moved me very deeply. Boxing has its share of risks and dangers. It’s our job, our passion. Never, ever, is the intention of seriously injuring an opponent in my plans. My sincere thoughts go to my opponent Jeannette Zacarias Zapata, as well as to her family. I wish with all my heart that she gets well, she wrote before writing the following words in Spanish. I offer my thoughts and prayers to my opponent Jeanette Zacarias Zapata and all her family. ”

Convulsions

A few seconds after her defeat at the hands of Houle (4-0, 2 KOs), Jeanette Zacarias Zapata (2-4-0, 0 KOs) collapsed in the arms of the referee Albert Padulo jr.

The doctor from the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux and the paramedics came to his aid within seconds of his fall to the floor. The Mexican did not get up afterward and went into convulsions.

The 18-year-old was immobilized and left the ring on a stretcher to be rushed to hospital. She would have needed resuscitation maneuvers during her transport to the Sacré-Coeur hospital.

Although her state of health is still critical, she is stable, plunged into an artificial coma.

“These are images that overwhelm me. I have a little difficulty speaking. […] I think of Jeanette who is fighting for her life. It puts me in a bit of shock. I have difficulty explaining what I feel, but I am wholeheartedly with them, I think very hard about her, ”insisted the Quebec boxer.

If this incident is very difficult to live with, Houle, 31, wants to continue boxing.

Listen to Gilles Proulx’s column at Richard Martineau’s microphone on QUB radio:

“It’s sad what happened, but I’m not ready to put my career aside, I’m going to take a step back,” she dropped.

When she arrived at the hospital after her fight on Saturday night, Zapata was fighting for her life and the prognosis was not encouraging. The doctors feared for his life. However, his situation has improved significantly over the past few hours.

Tragic event at the GYM gala: “overwhelming” images for Marie-Pier Houle

The just 18-year-old athlete was immobilized and left the ring on a stretcher to be rushed to hospital. She would have needed resuscitation maneuvers during her transport to the Sacré-Coeur hospital.

Tragic event at the GYM gala: “overwhelming” images for Marie-Pier Houle

Although her state of health is still critical, she is stable, plunged into an artificial coma.

“These are images that overwhelm me. I have a little difficulty speaking. […] I think of Jeanette who is fighting for her life. It puts me in a bit of shock. I have difficulty explaining what I feel, but I am wholeheartedly with them, I think very hard about her, ”insists the Quebec boxer.

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Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

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