Amateur fighter loses his life in “celebrity fight”

9/25/2017 4:02:49 PM
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Roped in as a replacement fighter in the Asia Fighting Championship (AFC) at short notice with little training, Pradip Subramanian, 32, died tragically an hour after the “celebrity fight” against YouTube personality Steven Lim.

Subramanian, president of the World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Federation (WBPF), was brought in as a replacement for former Singapore Idol runner-up Sylvester Sim, who was initially slated to fight against Lim at the Asia Fighting Championship (AFC).  

Sim, 34 and Lim, 41, are both not professional fighters. In the weeks leading up to the fight, both said that they had been training at Muse Fitness Singapore, a local Muay Thai gym that is also one of the organisers of the AFC.

However, after Sim pulled out of the fight citing insurance issues, Subramanian was brought in as a replacement a day before the event. Subramanian, was a bodybuilder and a Muay Thai amateur who had taken up the sport about “three to five” months ago, according to his cousin, Mr Roger Rajan, 46.

Lim dealt Subramanian several blows to his head before the referee ended the match and declared the former as winner by technical knockout. According to reports, Subramanian later lost consciousness and had to be helped out of the ring. He was later taken to Singapore General Hospital (SGH), where he died of cardiac arrest and respiratory failure according to a preliminary medical report released by SGH.

Since the incident, questions have arisen about the safety protocols and preparation in place for the event.

According to TODAYonline, specialist sports physician Patrick Goh said that Subramaniam had a short amount of time to prepare adequately for the fight, and that conditioning required “between six months to a year”. Not having enough time to prepare could have led to him not being equipped with necessary skills such as knowing how to defend himself.

AFC founder and Chief Executive Officer Sasidharan Unnithan, 38, claimed that the event followed safety protocols set by World Muaythai Council (WMC), the event’s sanctioning body. Fighters were certified fit by a medical team in accordance with guidelines laid out by the WMC, he added.


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