Roman Simakov Dies of Brain Injuries
By Ted Sares on December 8, 2011
Roman Simakov Dies of Brain Injuries

“I can only comment on the situation after the official investigation, which will evaluate the actions of the referee and the medical treatment the athlete received later…”—Igor Maruzov (General Secretary of the Russian Boxing Federation).
The Russian Boxing Federation said light heavyweight contender Roman Simakov (19-2-1) has died after collapsing in the ring on Monday, Dec. 5. The fight was on the Provodnikov–Corley undercard which was held in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
Igor Maruzov, the general secretary of the Russian Boxing Federation, said earlier today that the 27-year-old Simakov died of brain injuries Wednesday night in a Yekaterinburg hospital after collapsing in the ring after the seventh round during a title bout against American-based Sergey Kovalev (17-0-1). The fight was for the WBC Asian Boxing Council light heavyweight title.
Simakov had been hit with a number of sharp and punishing shots by his opponent in the sixth stanza, but there did not appear to be a single blow that floored him. After a harmless jab and soft right, he seemed to lose his balance and coordination in the seconds before he fell in round seven. He was quickly dragged out of the ring, apparently unconscious, on a makeshift orange stretcher.
I personally did not see any signs of oxygen being used. I also thought the referee did a competent job.

Here is the fight: Sergey Kovalev vs.Roman Simakov - or
you can go to the final round -

Roman Simakov was a potential light heavyweight contender. May he find eternal comfort.