A boxer identified as Chukwuemeka Igboanugo has died at the ongoing National Sports Festival in Asaba, Delta State.

The Imo State representative was declared dead after losing a fight by knockout to his contender from Anambra State in the 86 kg category.

According to eyewitness accounts, the boxer was hit in the chin during the fight and failed to get up, leading the referee to announce the fight in favour of his Anambra contender.

With the boxer remaining unconscious, he was said to have been given first aid treatment before being taken to the hospital where he was confirmed dead.

The Nigerian Boxing Federation nor the state government has yet to react to reports of the death.

An official statement on the matter is also still being awaited.