A bare-knuckle fighter has died in hospital six weeks after a brutal 19-second knockout left him partially paralyzed.
Justin Thornton, 38, was taking part in the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) 20 in Biloxi, Mississippi on August 20 when he sustained a brutal KO defeat.
His opponent Dillon Cleckler caught him with a vicious right hook just 19 seconds into the first round, sending him face-first to the canvas before the referee quickly halted proceedings and rushed to his aid.
According to his Facebook page, where a GoFundMe was set up shortly after the fight, Thornton was taken straight to hospital and was partially paralyzed and put on a ventilator for several weeks.
In the message, posted by his on-off girlfriend Amber Willard, it was revealed that he was ‘on ivs for infection in his lungs and medication for his spinal cord injury’ but was able to ‘watch his favorite tv shows and movies and make jokes’.
It has now been confirmed that Thornton succumbed to his injuries on October 4, six weeks after the officially-sanctioned bout.
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Source: Daily Mail