Scottish boxer Mike Towell has died in hospital after being seriously injured in a bout on Thursday.
Mike Towell from Dundee, was rushed to hospital after a fifth-round loss to Welsh fighter Dale Evans in a St Andrew’s Sporting Club fight at Glasgow’s Radisson Blu Hotel.
He is only the third professional boxer to die in the UK from apparently fight-related injuries in the past 21 years.
Towell was knocked down in the first round of the fight before recovering to continue the match.
Referee Victor Loughlin stopped the fight in the fifth round shortly after Towell was knocked down by Carmarthen fighter Evans for a second time.
He was given oxygen at ringside and carried away from the ring on a stretcher after being knocked to the canvas in the fifth round.
Having suffered severe bleeding and swelling to the brain, the Dundee fighter was taken off of life support and died surrounded by members of his family.
Towell’s partner Chloe Ross paid tribute to the boxer on Facebook, and revealed the fighter had complained of migraines which he put down to stress ahead of the fight
“I’m absolutely heartbroken to say my annoying best friend passed away tonight at 11.02 very peacefully,” she wrote.
“Michael had severe bleeding and swelling to his brain.
“He had been complaining of headaches for the last few weeks but we put it down to migraines with the stress of his fight.
“It has been the longest 24 hours of our lives. My baby has lost his daddy. But he will be so so proud of his dad in what he achieved.”
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