No Charges Filed in Death of Boxer

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No charges will be filed in the death of a Fort Collins woman who died from a hit sustained in a Golden Gloves boxing match.

The Denver district attorney's office says a formal review of the death of 34-year-old Becky Zerlentes shows no basis for criminal charges.

Zerlentes was wearing protective headgear during the April Second match in Denver, but fell unconscious during the third round of the bout after a punch from Heather Schmitz of Boulder.

Physicians immediately jumped into the ring, but Zerlentes never regained consciousness. She died the next day after undergoing emergency surgery.

Prosecutors say there was no reckless or negligent behavior on the part of anyone involved.

Zerlentes was a geography teacher at Front Range Community College.

Colorado Springs-based US-A Boxing is the sanctioning body for amateur boxing, and lifted its ban on women in 1993.

Zerlentes won a regional Golden Gloves event in 2002.

Denver police spokeswoman Teresa Garcia says homicide investigators looked into the case as a routine practice, not because any criminal charges were expected.