Jose Luis Castillo’s son Christian fighting for his life in hospital after sparring session

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BOXER Christian Castillo, the son of ex-world lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo, is fighting for his life after a sparring session.

World Boxing News say “further complications” with Castillo Jr’s condition were found after he was taken to hospital.

Christian Casillo was preparing for his third fight when a sparring session left him fighting for his life
Christian Castillo was preparing for his third fight when a sparring session left him fighting for his life
Christian's dad Jose Luis Castillo took on British boxing legend Ricky Hatton for the IBO junior welterweight world title in 2007
Christian’s dad Jose Luis Castillo lost out to  British boxing legend Ricky Hatton for the IBO junior welterweight world title in 2007
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Boxing is currently mourning the deaths of Russian lightweight Maxim Dadashev, 28, and 23-year-old Argentine Hugo Santillan.

Promising Mexican Castillo Jr was preparing for his third fight – on the same bill as brother Jose – when the shocking incident happened.

He was reported to still be in a serious condition and was moved to another hospital after catching pneumonia.

His famous dad, now, 45, fought for 24 years, twice lifting the world crown and losing to British legend Ricky Hatton in 2007.

Jose Sr’s same-named son immediately pulled out of his own fight last Friday due to his brother’s situation.

WBN quote Jose Jr  as saying: “As you know my brother’s health is in a thread.

“He was even more complicated by infectious pneumonia he captured.

“It was a critical moment so we had to move him to another hospital.”

He explained the “stressful and overwhelming” developments meant he called off his bout on a bill where his brother had also been due to fight.

Jose Jr withdrew “not for fear of me going to win, or fear of my opponent, but if for all the whirlwind of things that wouldn’t let me be 50 per cent focused for my fight.


“When you get in the ring risk your life, and if we go up without total concentration we are calling death to get closer to where we are.

“We don’t have to give more reasons for death.”

He even apologised to fans who had bought tickets and promised them: “There will be another time with a better situation.”

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