On Friday, March 28 kickboxing promotion Knockout Kings put on an event out of Milwaukee, WI. The main event featured a welterweight bout between Richard Abraham and Jesset Abraham. Prior to the headlining fight, Roufusport product Dennis Munson took on Mike Vang in a bantamweight tilt.
In the end, Vang got his hand raised after three rounds of action in a majority decision as reported by the KO Kings twitter account. Following two rounds of competitive action, Munson appeared completely out of sorts, according to an eye witness that spoke to Bloody Elbow:
He shouldn't have been allowed out there for the third round
It's hard to describe, but at the end of the second (round) he seemed to have gassed very very hard. And when he came out for the third he had his hands down virtually the whole time. When his opponent was trying to strike him he fell into the ropes every time. (He) didn't throw a single punch and barely covered up. But his mannerisms were of someone who was delirious. Like, he had no idea what was going on, where he was, and just on his last breath of life. Seriously. I've never seen someone like that before. I've seen guys get KO'd standing and still walk around, but not like this.
I turned to my friend as soon as the bell rang of the third round and said, "We just watched a guy die." And i'm really sad that it was true.
Following the bout, Munson was taken to the hospital. Unfortunately, in the early hours of Saturday, March 29, Munson passed away. The promotion's website recognizes the loss and includes a link to a memorial fund from Roufousport to aid the family with funeral costs. Their statement:
Our community, our family, has suffered a devastating loss.
For reasons still unknown to the medical staff that treated him and tried so valiantly to save him,
Dennis Munson passed away in the early hours of Saturday, March 28 at Mt. Sinai Hospital.
His family was at his side, as were many members of his Roufusport family.
Words can not describe the utter sadness and emptiness felt at this time. Our deepest condolences
and most heartfelt sympathy go out to his family and everyone who knew and loved Dennis.
All we can do is wish Dennis god speed and honor his memory by always giving 100% in whatever
it is you choose to do in life.
A special fund has been established by Roufusport to help the Munson family pay for burial costs.
Please give what you can and share this link.
Dennis Munson, we will all miss you very much.