Boxer Dies After Losing Bout

Scottish boxer Mike Towell has died in hospital after being seriously injured in a bout on Thursday.

The 25-year-old, 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.

Towell’s partner, Chloe Ross, said he “fought right to the end”.

He is only the third professional boxer to die in the UK from apparently fight-related injuries in the past 21 years.

His management said he passed away with his family at his bedside.

St Andrews Sporting Club confirmed Towell’s death in a tweet on Saturday morning.

“Within the last hour Mike Towell passed away – he will always be in our hearts #RIPIronMike,” it said.

In a Facebook post, his partner Ms Ross said Towell died “peacefully” shortly after 23:00 BST on Friday, 12 hours after he was taken off life support.

“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.”

Ms Ross added: “Once he was taken off of his life support he managed 12 hours, 12 whole rounds off his life support, he fought right to the end and he’s done us all so proud… He left doing the thing he’s best at… there’s only one.”

A spokesman for St Andrew’s Sporting Club later said that Towell’s management team was not aware of any headache problems leading up to the fight.

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