A Poor Student In China Who Was Desperate For Cash Dies After Fighting In Ring For RM141
On Friday, 20 December, a 22-year-old college student died after being knocked into a coma for weeks during a kickboxing a match
The student, Ming Jixian, had been in a coma since the kickboxing match on 30 November, which was organised in Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan Province in south-western China.
He was desperate to make some quick cash and had agreed to a duelling session with a professional fighter for a 240 yuan (RM141) "appearance fee" that was promised to him whether he won or lost
According to Daily Mail, Ming had been training for a month to take on his professional opponent, 19-year-old Wang Haoran, an experienced kickboxer with a perfect 11-0 record including three knockouts.
The 22-year-old was promised a 240 yuan (RM141) fee for showing up in the ring regardless of whether he would win or lose, reported People's Daily Online.
The student's opponent, Wang Haoran, is an experienced fighter. The 19-year-old was also a winner of the 57kg title of a Muay Thai championship that happened in Bangkok, local media reported.
The match, however, lasted only 35 seconds
According to footage from the fight, a nervous Ming is seen facing off Wang in front of a live audience.
While the pair is seen initially kicking each other a few times, Wang then starts to punch Ming's face repeatedly — with one hand behind his back — before knocking him out with a kick.
Knocked into a coma, Ming was being treated at a Chengdu hospital
Doctors looking after him at the Intensive Care Unit of Huaxi Hospital had said that Ming had been in a constant coma and his condition was critical, reported Daily Mail.
The cost for Ming's treatment at the hospital shot up to over 200,000 yuan (RM118,172), which his family has since been fundraising online to help pay the bill.
While the organiser of the game, a company called Monster PWC, had since given them 80,000 yuan (RM47,250) as compensation, they have not yet apologised for his death.
Police are said to be investigating the case with Ming's family applying for an autopsy to be carried out on him so that the information can be used in a lawsuit against the company.