Luis Quinones, un famoso pugile dei pesi welter junior, è tragicamente morto all’età di 25 anni. La straziante notizia è stata confermata dal fratello di Quinones, Leonardo, su Facebook (tramite ESPN). “Sei andato avanti a noi, mio amorevole fratello, ora sei con il tuo padre celeste, che hai adorato e servito, ti amo mio fratello Luis Quiñones, per sempre nei nostri cuori”, ha scritto. La morte improvvisa di Quinones arriva pochi giorni dopo essere stato ricoverato in ospedale a seguito del suo intenso incontro di boxe con Jose Munoz, che gli è valso una sconfitta per KO dopo otto round.
Tributes pour in for Luis Quinones
Shortly after Luis Quinones' tragic death made headlines, heartfelt tributes have begun to roll in for the beloved boxer. In a statement on their Instagram Story (via Sports Illustrated), Cuadrilatero Boxing described the young athlete as an "exceptional human being." They added, "Luis was passionate about boxing, so much so that he left his hometown of Barrancabermeja to continue his career in Barranquilla and become a national athlete." One fan on Twitter wrote, "RIP Luis Quinones. May God bless your family during this rough time Champ."
Colombia's President Gustavo Petro also expressed his sorrow over Quinones' death, tweeting, "It hurts a lot to see leave a young man full of dreams and with a whole future ahead of him." Jose Munoz, who was Quinones' last boxing opponent before his untimely death, echoed similar sentiments in his own heartbreaking statement. "I never thought that a dream could become a real nightmare," he wrote, per Marca. "The desire to succeed in life put us both on the same path, but because of those things in life and especially the profession we chose, today you are in a situation that we never imagined." May Luis Quinones rest in peace.