Amateur female kickboxer dies days after KO loss
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)
A 34-year-old Atlanta kickboxer died after she was knocked unconscious during an amateur tournament in Orlando over the weekend.
The Orange County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that Adrienne Simmons was participating in the International Kickboxing Match held at a hotel Sunday. During the final third round, she was hit with a left hook that knocked her unconscious.
The fight was stopped and a doctor tended to her. Eric Haycraft, the coach of Simmons' opponent Lindsay Scheer, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Simmons regained consciousness.
"We thought it was a normal KO," he said, according the Journal-Constitution. "When we go in the back, we saw things were worse. Locker rooms were sealed off. They made an announcement over the (public address) for the Marriott to call 911."
Heycraft told the newspaper that there was no ambulance on site and that's unusual for fight competitions. He said it took an hour for Simmons to get to the hospital.
Simmons was treated for two days before dying.
A sheriff's office spokeswoman says the death is considered an accident.
The tournament was sponsored by the International Kickboxing Federation.