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Lennox Lewis leads tributes as Indonesian boxer Hero Tito dies after falling into a coma following knockout loss


Indonesian boxer Hero Tito has died aged 35 after suffering a knockout defeat in his home country.

Tito (whose birth name is Heru Purwanto) fell into a coma following the loss to James Mokoginta in their Indonesian lightweight title fight on February 27.

Tito died at 35
Hero Tito – Instagram

The fight took place in Jakarta and was live on national television as Mokoginta landed a seventh-round right uppercut that floored Tito.

He tried to get up, but fell back, unconscious.

Tito was in a coma for several days, then was tragically pronounced dead on Thursday, March 9.

He leaves behind a wife and two young daughters aged 5 and 13.

As is always the case when such a horrific situation occurs, the boxing world has united in its reaction.

Former undisputed world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis tweeted: “Every time a fighter steps into the ring he does so knowing it might be his last time.

“The boxing fraternity has lost another member. Rest in love, the hero ‘The Lion’ Tito.

In 2013, Tito fought on Manny Pacquiao’s undercard against Brandon Rios in Macau.

Legendary former Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach tweeted: “Indonesian boxer Hero Tito has passed away after several days in a coma due to injuries sustained in a fight last Sunday in Jakarta.

“Tito, whose real name is Heru Purwanto, was 35 years old.

“Rest in peace, hero. Condolences to the family and to all those affected by his tragic passing.

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