NZ-based kickboxer dies in Tahiti

Willman Rodriguez Gomez. Photo / Facebook
Willman Rodriguez Gomez. Photo / Facebook

A New Zealander has died in a Tahiti hospital a short time after being knocked out in his first professional boxing fight.

Peruvian-born Willman Rodriguez Gomez, an experienced kickboxer, was knocked out in the early stages of the bout at a boxing event Saturday night.

The 29-year-old went to Papeete hospital a short time afterwards, and died about an hour after being admitted.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was aware of the death of a New Zealand citizen in Tahiti.

The New Zealand Consulate-General in New Caledonia is liaising with the honorary consul in Tahiti to help the family get information on repatriation arrangements.

In a Facebook post, Chino Rodriguez Gomez said his brother Willman was "the best man I knew".

The Rodriguez Gomez family was touched by the support they had received, he said.

- NZ Herald

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