Straight Blast Gym Ireland head coach John Kavanagh has released a statement via Facebook, regarding the tragic death of Portugal’s Joao Carvalho.
Carvalho was admitted to Beaumont hospital in Dublin on Saturday night, shortly after he lost via 3rd round TKO to Charlie Ward at the first ever Total Extreme Fighting event, which was held at the National Stadium. This morning, the fighter’s team confirmed that Carvalho sadly passed away on Monday night.
Kavanagh, who is Ward’s trainer and worked the fighter’s corner at the weekend, offered his condolences to Carvalho’s family and friends. He also issued an assurance that the Irish Amateur Pankration Association(IAPA), the body responsible for overseeing MMA in Ireland at an amateur level and of which Kavanagh is president, will provide assistance in any investigation that might follow.
Though Carvalho’s fight with Ward was a professional contest, a number of amateur bouts also took place on the card and thus it would be in the interest of the IAPA to ensure that all procedures were followed to the letter.
You can read Kavanagh’s full statement below….