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(Cedar City-AP) -- A boxer collapsed and died last night one round into match he had told friends he was fighting in order to make money for his mother's funeral.
Heavyweight Brad Rone, who was from Cincinnati but lived in Las Vegas, took a punch from his opponent Billy Zumbrun, of Ogden, with about five seconds left in the first round at Cedar Raceway. Less than ten seconds later, after the bell rang, Rone fell to the canvas.
According to Iron County Sheriff's office medical examiner Detective Ross Drishinski, Rone stopped breathing and was later declared dead at Valley View Medical Center. Early speculation was that he died of cardiac arrest.
Rone's body will be transported to the Salt Lake City medical examiner's office for an autopsy.
Bruce Trampler, a friend of Rone's, said Rone's mother died earlier in the week and Rone was fighting to earn money for her funeral.
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