posted on Jul, 19 2003 @ 11:43 PM
Associated Press - July 19, 2003
CEDAR CITY, Utah - A boxer died one round into a scheduled six-round bout at Cedar Raceway.
Heavyweight Brad Rone took a punch from his opponent Billy Zumbrun with about five seconds left in the first round Friday night.
Less than 10 seconds later, after the bell rang, Rone fell to the canvas. Rone stopped breathing and was later declared dead at Valley View Medical
Center, according to Detective Ross Drishinski, Iron County Sheriff's office medical examiner.
"Right now the speculation is cardiac arrest," Drishinski said.
Rone's body will be transported to the Salt Lake City medical examiner's office, where an autopsy will be performed.
Bruce Trampler, a friend of Rone's, said the boxer's mother died earlier in the week. Rone, who was originally from Cincinnati and lived in Las Vegas,
was fighting to earn money for her funeral, Trampler said.
The fight was the third of four scheduled for the night. Officials canceled the final fight.