Associated Press - March 3, 2004
MIAMI (AP) - Peruvian boxer Luis Villalta, who collapsed after a weekend title fight, has died, a spokesman for the fight's promoter said
Villalta, 35, lost consciousness in his dressing room minutes after losing a 12-round title fight against Ricky Quiles on Saturday.
Villalta's wife Maribel and father Luis Sr. were at the fighter's bedside when he died, said Warrior's Boxing spokesman Peter Kahn. They had arrived
from Peru on emergency visas Wednesday morning.
Villalta moved to the United States on a professional athlete visa three years ago to improve his stock as a fighter, living near his manager Anthony
Toresco's home in Hillsborough, New Jersey.
Villalta fought in the lightweight division and eventually won a regional title last July. He lost against Quiles at the Seminole Casino in Coconut
Creek in a decision.
Although Villalta was not knocked down in the fight, he did absorb heavy shots in the final two rounds. After the fight, Villalta returned to his
dressing room but soon began to feel the effects of a headache, trainer Charles Johnson said. Villalta then spit and fainted, he said.
Villalta's career record was 29-1-6.
Warrior's Boxing is helping to coordinate Villalta's funeral in Peru, Kahn said. A trust fund also will be established to assist the Villalta
The last boxer to die from injuries in a Florida fight was Dominican welterweight Emiliano Valdez, 24, who was in a coma for 13 months after a Jan 21,
2001, loss to Teddy Reid in Venice Beach.