Bodybuilder Subramanian dies after AFC fight

Elias Hubbard
September 25, 2017

Asked if she noticed anything unusual or not right when the bout concluded with Lim as the victor, Amanda said: "After Steven won and they played the national anthem, Pradip appeared to pass out".

According to the preliminary medical report released by SGH, he suffered a cardiac arrest respiratory failure episode which led to his death.

Asia Fighting Championship (AFC), in a statement issued early today, said Subramanian passed away at 9pm.

Commenting on the death of his opponent, YouTube personality Steven Lim told TODAY that he was "very sad and shocked".

Lim said he had trained for three months to prepare for the muay thai match - a first for both him and Pradip.

No matter what the cause of this tragedy might have been, Pradip, who was known to be friendly, affable and encouraging, will be greatly missed by family, friends and loved ones.

Exhibition Match-Up fighter and President of the World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Federation of Singapore (WBPF), Pradip Subramanian, died at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) Saturday.

"(Subramanian) was his parent's favourite son", Gopal added. Subramanian agreed to take part at short notice after former Singapore Idol finalist and singer Sylvester Sim withdrew from the fight.

Members from the fitness industry, including Asia Fighting Championship staff, also attended the wake.

Still, the tragedy sparked questions from netizens, many of whom left one-star reviews on AFC's Facebook page, on why the two novice fighters were not required to use protective gear and whether Pradip's late inclusion gave him enough time to prepare. "I didn't think this would happen".

In a statement to The Straits Times, Amas' president Mervyn Tan said that professional fights do not come under his organisation's purview.

The Amateur Muaythai Association (Singapore), or Amas, said on Monday (Sept 25) that it had not signed off on the celebrity muay thai fight that resulted in the death of bodybuilder Pradip Subramaniam last Saturday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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