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Dead Boxer's Sister Asks Court to Reinstate Lawsuit

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The sister of a boxer who died in the ring is asking the Utah Supreme Court to reinstate a lawsuit against a state commission that allowed him to fight.

Attorneys say the family of Brad Rone believes his death was unnecessary and preventable.

Rone died of an irregular heartbeat in July 2003 after collapsing in the first round of a fight against Billy Zumbrun in Cedar City.

Rone was trying to win money to fly to Ohio for his mother's funeral. They were buried together in a double funeral.

Rone weighed 259 pounds and had high blood pressure. Before his last bout, he had lost 26 consecutive fights.

His sister, Celeste Moss, says the Pete Suazo Utah Athletic Commission and promoters were negligent in permitting him to enter the ring. A lower court dismissed the case, citing governmental immunity.

Information from: Deseret Morning News,

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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