Boxer Arrest Sahakyan dies aged 26 after brutal KO punch left him in coma

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Armenian-Russian boxer Arrest Sahakyan has tragically died just a days after being knocked out in the ring.

The 26-year-old spent 10 days in a coma after sustaining a swell to the brain during a fight against Igor Semernin on Boxing Day last month.

According to reports in Russia, Semernin's punch caused heavy trauma to the head of Sahakyan, who had to undergo emergency surgery.

But despite the efforts of doctors, he sadly died on Friday.

A relative of Sahakyan's wrote on Instagram: "How … how to continue to live … our soul … our joy … My heart is torn to pieces.

"I don't believe … it's like a bad dream.

"We loved you very much … You were the kindest, most cheerful, wonderful, sincere person."

A further tribute read: "He was a very bright, kind and sympathetic person with a capital letter."

While another wrote: "Our angel, we will not forget you."

His funeral will take place on Tuesday in the Russian city of Tolyatti, close to the country's border with Kazakhstan – though he will be laid to rest in Armenia, the country of his birth.

Sahakyan won six of his nine professional fights throughout his career, all as a super middleweight.

He won the first four fights of his career, all taking place in Thailand, culminating in winning the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver Middle Title against Theerawat Yoohanngoh, according to The Sun.

The remaining five fights of his career took place in Russia.

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