Russian boxer Simakov dies after knockout defeat

MOSCOW Thu Dec 8, 2011 7:15am EST

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Light heavyweight Roman Simakov, who was carried from the ring on a stretcher after being knocked out in a WBC Asian Boxing Council title fight on Monday, has died, the Russian federation (RBF) said.

The 27-year-old had brain surgery after being rushed to hospital in the Ural city of Yekaterinburg but never regained consciousness and died on Thursday.

"I can only say that the investigation into his death is taking place," RBF official Igor Maruzov was quoted as saying by local media.

Simakov was knocked down in the sixth round by Russian compatriot Sergei Kovalev but got up and was able to continue before receiving numerous blows to the head in the seventh when he was knocked out.

It was Simakov's first knockout defeat and only his second loss in 21 fights during his professional career.

(Reporting by Gennady Fyodorov; editing by Ken Ferris)

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