Young Polish-born boxer's first fight ends in death

Kuba Moczyk has died after suffering a catastrophic head injury in his first fight.
Kuba Moczyk has died after suffering a catastrophic head injury in his first fight.PHOTO: ARCHANT

A young boxer has died after being knocked unconscious by a single punch during his first fight.

Kuba Moczyk, 22, was knocked out in the third round of Saturday's fight at the Tower Complex in Great Yarmouth, reported the BBC.

Polish-born Moczyk of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, had been in a coma with a bleed on the brain and was on a life-support machine. His family said he died on Wednesday (Nov 23) night at the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston.

His twin sister Magdalena had set up a "Wake up Kuba" GoFundMe page to raise £20,000 (S$36,000) for his specialist treatment abroad.

More than £4,000 was donated by friends, family and well-wishers before Mr Moczyk died on Wednesday, surrounded by family, reported Sky News.

On the GoFundMe page, his sister said he had trained "long and hard" for his first fight, that he had been looking forward to "the big day" and wanted to "make his team proud".

She said he was her older brother by five minutes, "who I can't live without".

A minute's silence will be held for Mr Moczyk at a meet-and-greet event with heavyweight champion Tyson Fury in Gorleston on Thursday night, local promoter Leon Docwra said.

Mr Docrwa, 41, said he had trained Mr Moczyk three years ago, and remembered him as a "happy, smiling" person who "did not have a nasty streak in his body".

Of the fight, he said: "It was a big thing for him to do. He plucked up courage and got lots of support and everyone was cheering him on.

"And that was his first and final fight."

He said he believed Mr Moczyk's opponent was just 17.