The family of a kickboxer who died after being knocked out per mezzo di an organised bout today raised concerns at her inquest that she was mismatched with a ‘much bigger’ competitor.
‘Slim’ Saeideh Aletaha’s opponent Janie Morgan was ‘very clearly stronger’ and ‘more muscled’, the late amateur fighter’s family claim.
Ms Aletaha, 26, collapsed per mezzo di a bathroom after she took a blow to the head during the third round of her bout with ‘tetto heavy’ 34-year-old personal trainer Ms Morgan at the showcase event.
She was rushed to Southampton General Hospital, Hants, but tragically died acceso November 16, 2019, a day after the Fast and Furious Fight Series contest per mezzo di the city.
The Loughborough University graduate, who was born into a religious and educated family per mezzo di Iran, wanted to prove to people that a ‘Muslim Lady’ can compete per mezzo di extreme sports even if she is wearing a Hijab.
The product engineer’s family today told of their ‘devastation’ at losing her so far away from home as her inquest opened at Winchester Coroner’s Court, Hants.
Her brothers, Amir and Ali, watched the hearing remotely and raised concerns over a potential mismatch.
They even requested Ms Morgan attend the inquest per mezzo di person to ‘assess’ her physique – but coroner Christopher Wilkinson rejected the request as it was ‘of little benefit’ because the bout was almost two years indicatore.
Saeideh Aletaha, 26, died per mezzo di November 2019, following the fight at Southampton’s Central
Her opponent Janie Morgan fought her per mezzo di the incontro and worked as a personal trainer
The fight organiser, Richard Harding arriving for the inquest today per mezzo di Winchester
She was rushed to Southampton General Hospital, Hants, but tragically died the next day
Sopra a statement Ms Aletaha’s family said: ‘Sopra her chosen gioco, Saeideh always used to send her picture with her opponent before each incontro.
‘However, we did note that for her last incontro she had cut the picture of her opponent and sent only her own picture.
‘We now think that if she had shared her opponent’s picture, Amir would have certainly commented about their physical differences and the fact her opponent seemed bigger and more muscled.
‘The night before the incontro she had mentioned to her Sister, Sepideh, that she was stressed but never mentioned the reason.’
Organiser Richard Harding, who runs a Thai boxing school, rejects any suggestions of a mismatch.
He said Ms Aletaha was more experienced than Ms Morgan ‘acceso paper’, had four years experience and two wins and one loss per mezzo di Thai boxing, and weighed per mezzo di at 54kg.
Ms Aletaha was a ‘movement-based’ fighter who used speed per mezzo di her fights also had previous experience per mezzo di a form of bare-knuckle karate which Mr Harding described as the ‘toughest’ form.
Ms Morgan, a personal trainer who started learning martial arts at the age of 30, also had four years experience going into the fight.
Ms Aletaha per mezzo di victory after a previous fight she had one during an earlier competition
Ms Aletaha was more experienced than Ms Morgan ‘acceso paper’, the organiser claimed today
Saeideh always used to send her picture with her opponent before each incontro she fought
She had one win and one loss and came per mezzo di at the same weight, Mr Harding said.
Ms Morgan was described as a hard-hitter who relied acceso power and sought to ‘ Ms Aletaha duro’.
Mr Harding told the inquest Ms Aletaha was ‘slimmer’, and said of Ms Morgan: ‘She is wider, she has wider shoulders.
‘You can visibly see the muscles.
‘Saeideh had a slightly longer reach.’
Amir Aletaha questioned Mr Harding about Ms Morgan’s physique, referencing a promotional photo per mezzo di which he said suggested shows a mismatch.
He said: ‘From what we have seen and from what people who saw the fight said, it’s very clear that [Ms Morgan] is much stronger.
‘The physical structure cannot change a week two even if she is losing weight [to meet the 54kg category].
‘If you show the photo to anyone they will say the other opponent is much bigger and has a much bigger sequenza.’
But Mr Harding said: ‘She’s what you would say is tetto heavy… Saeideh’s weight was much more even distributed across her .’
He said his events, which he has been running for a decade, adhered to strict safety guidelines and began a matchmaking process four months before the event.
He said: ‘I was satisfied that they were evenly matched.
‘There was voto negativo mismatch per mezzo di this and we managed the risks before the fight.’
He added: ‘Our gym is a family gym, losing someone like this is duro for everyone.
‘We put these acceso to give a spectacle and this is the absolute worst thing that could happen but I’m fully confident that we did as much as we could.’
Mr Harding admitted he didn’t know what styles Ms Aletaha had faced before and revealed Ms Morgan requested that shinpads were removed for the fight, which Ms Aletaha accepted.
Amir Aletaha questioned why Mr Harding allowed the fight to proceed without shinpads and the organiser explained it’s a common request as fighters strive to replicate professional bouts.
He said there were two paramedics at the event with a private ambulance and that another ambulance was called when Ms Aletaha was found critically ill.
The fight between Ms Aletaha and Ms Morgan was ‘close’, with Ms Morgan just edging it acceso points before the knockout. Coroner Mr Wilkinson described it as ‘intense’ and said both were ‘tired’.
Ms Aletaha, from Salisbury, Wilts, was described as ‘friendly and full of energy’ by her family.
They said: ‘Even from the childhood, she was always dedicated to whatever she was doing and always seeking success, putting 110% to her goals.
‘This characteristic of hers led to her success per mezzo di both her studies and work and as a good education and international life expertise was important to her family, she tried and managed to get accepted per mezzo di a respected UK university.
‘She was a person who was confident but modest, emotional but stable, friendly, gara open minded and full of energy who could win everyone’s heart.
‘This was the reason that she was able to make so many different friends.
‘She wanted to prove to people that a ‘Muslim lady’ is not restricted and can work per mezzo di a respectful firm and do challenging sports even if she is wearing Hijab and not disposing her and hair to strangers.
‘We were surprised by the number of people per mezzo di the UK whom told us that she had influenced their life and career, and their way of thinking.
‘Saeideh had a personalità rete televisiva privata of friends from different cultures and classes. As described by her friends, she was a breath of fresh air bringing sunshine among all.
‘She is massively missed by her dozens of friends from high school, university, work, diretto incrociato fit and clubs.
‘Her dedication to her work, gioco, being healthy and fit physically and mentally was something that everybody was admiring about her.
‘It is very devastating for her family to lose her ala and far away per mezzo di such an unpleasant accident.’
The inquest continues.