Scottish boxer Mike Towell dies due to tough game in the Glasgow ring
A 25-year-old Scottish boxer has died in Glasgow after being carried out of the ring on a stretcher when his fight was halted in the fifth round.
Mike Towell faced off Thursday night with Welsh boxer Dale Evans in the British welterweight title final eliminator.
After the match, Evans tweeted that his thoughts and prayers were with his opponent.
But Friday, the St. Andrew’s Sporting Club in Glasgow said Towell had died but did not specify the cause.
A Facebook post from the club said: “Mike collapsed in the ring at the Club after he was stopped in the fifth round and was rushed to hospital after receiving attention from the ringside medical team.
“Sadly ‘Iron’ Mike — who was 25 — could not recover from his injuries and died peacefully late on Friday night with his family at his bedside.”
The club described the fighter, from Dundee, as “one of Scotland’s most exciting boxing talents.”
Chloe Ross, Towell’s girlfriend of eight years and the mother of his young son, posted a heartfelt tribute on Facebook.
“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,” Ross wrote.
“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.”
Towell battled to live, even after being taken off life support, she said. “He managed 12 hours, 12 whole rounds off his life support, he fought right to the end. …”