posted on Apr, 2 2004 @ 10:03 AM
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A heavyweight boxer from Florida has died two days after being knocked out in a prize fight in neighboring Georgia, authorities said
David Rickman, 29, was pronounced dead on Monday at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, said Sarah Smith, deputy coroner of Chatham
County. His body was released to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which planned to conduct an autopsy.
Rickman, who had been boxing professionally for less than a year, fell to the canvas on Saturday night after receiving several blows to the head
during the fourth and final round of a bout at Jarrell's Gym in Savannah.
He never regained consciousness.
The death was the first attributed to boxing in Georgia since May 28, 1903, when George Feeley died after a fight in Savannah, according to the
Journal of Combative Sports.
Rickman, who worked full-time as a nurse in Jacksonville, Florida, had passed a physical exam the day before the fight, said Tom Mishou, administrator
for the Georgia Boxing Commission, which regulates the sport in the southern state. The boxer was paid $800 for the fight.