College student dies after charity boxing match

LAS VEGAS — A student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas has died after he was part of a boxing match to raise money for charity.

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Nathan Valencia, 20, received a brain injury during the fight as part of Kappa Sigma fraternity’s Fight Night on Nov. 19, CNN reported.

He died on Nov. 23, four days before his 21st birthday.

University president Keith Whitfield said the fight was an off-campus event and that Valencia collapsed shortly after his fight.

Whitfield said the school will now review off-campus events to make sure they are “as safe as possible.”

Valencia had no boxing experience, family attorney Nick Lasso told CNN. The college junior was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at UNLV, KTNV reported.

Valencia’s family alleges “mistakes were made and safety precautions overlooked” during the event the family’s law team told NBC News.

“We will be completing a full investigation to determine how UNLV and the Kappa Sigma Fraternity could allow and promote an event like this to take place. College students should not be placed in a situation where they are pitted against each other for combat,” the attornies’ statement said, according to NBC News.

Valencia’s cause of death has not been released, but CNN and KTNV reported that he had internal bleeding.

The fight was a fundraiser for Center Ring Boxing, a program that creates youth boxing programs for children, CNN reported.