South African junior lightweight boxer Jacob Morake...
South African junior lightweight boxer Jacob Morake died in Pretoria from brain injuries, several hours after being knocked out in the 12th and final round of a fight against fellow South African Brian Mitchell.
Mitchell, ranked 10th in the world by the World Boxing Assn., floored his 30-year-old opponent midway through the round with a powerful right to the chin, but Morake got up and kept going.
Seconds later, Mitchell landed another barrage of punches, and a right to the head put Morake down again. His head or neck struck the lower rope as he fell back, but there did not appear to be any whiplash from the rope.
Doctors administered oxygen to the unconscious boxer in the ring and took him out on a stretcher about 20 minutes later. He was taken from the Sun City resort complex in the Bophuthatswana black homeland to nearby Rustenburg, then transferred about 1 a.m. to the Eugene Marais Hospital in Pretoria.