Kickboxer dies after KO head kick (video: warning distressing)

There were no doctors ringside

25-year-old kickboxer Joel Cahuasqui lost his life after being knocked out by a head kick during an amateur fight in Ecuador.

Despite wearing protective headgear, the kickboxer was knocked out cold during the KickBoxing National Selective and Pacific Cup Championship last week in his native country.

According to El Notre, there were no paramedics or physicians at ringside when the fight concluded and Cahuasqui was rushed to hospital.

He suffered a brain haemorrhage from the high kick and doctors were not able to save him as the young fighter was later removed from his ventilator and pronounced dead.

video courtesy of Alberto Astudillo Twitter feed