Jisselle Salandy: Boxing Champion Dies

January 5, 2009

WBC women’s Junior Middleweight champion Jisselle Salandy died due to injuries suffered in a tragic car accident on the outskirts of Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. Jisselle was just 21 years old.

“The sport fraternity has suffered a tremendous loss and Trinidad and Tobago has lost an icon,” sports minister Gary Hunt said. “Jisselle was a role model for young people, especially females.”

Salandy was reportedly traveling on the Beetham Highway after she dropped off a friend to the airport. She lost control of her car while trying to overtake another vehicle and crashed into a concrete pillar. She was rushed to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital but the severe injuries took its toll. Jisselle was accompanied by a friend in the car who also is currently admitted in the emergency unit.

“I cannot express in words the enormity of the loss for this country,” said Brian Lewis, chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago Boxing Board.

Jisselle was one of the rising stars in the arena. She started boxing at the age of eleven and went on to become WBA, WBC, NABC, WBE and IWBF junior middleweight title holder. She successfully defended her titles from Dominican Republic’s Yahaira Hernandez, as recently as December 26th, and had been undefeated in 17 professional bouts.

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