Mike Towell, a Scottish boxer, has died in hospital after he was seriously injured in a bout on Thursday night.
The 25-year-old suffered a fifth-round loss to Dale Evans in a St Andrews Sporting Club fight at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow and was rushed to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
His management said he passed away with his family at his bedside. His death was confirmed by St Andrews Sporting Club on Twitter. “Within the last hour Mike Towell passed away – he will always be in our hearts #RIPIronMike,” it said.
Towell was carried from the ring on a stretcher after being knocked down in the fifth round of his fight with Dale Evans in a welterweight title eliminator.
He was floored with a left hook in the fifth round. He had also been knocked down in the first round.
Towell took a number of blows in the intervening rounds before the referee, Victor Loughlin intervened.
The referee was was also in charge of the British middleweight title fight in March between Chris Eubank and Nick Blackwell, which ended the latter’s career after he suffered a bleed on the skull when he was stopped in 10 rounds.
The boxer had been undefeated going into Thursday’s fight, with 11 previous wins and one draw on his professional record, and the bout was an eliminator for the British welterweight title.
After the fight Evans, a Welshman, said he was “in bits” after seeing his opponent carried away on a stretcher.
“I am devastated and all my thoughts are with Mike and his family,” he said .
Promoter Eddie Hearn tweeted: “Absolutely devastated by the passing of Mike Towell – all of our thoughts with his friends and family at this time.”
Former European champion Spencer Oliver tweeted: “So saddened to hear of the devastating news that Mike Towell has passed away, my thoughts & prayers are with his family & friends. £RIP x.”
Boxer Tommy Coyle, former international lightweight champion, said: “Wow Mike Towell may you rest in peace and know that every fighting man has nothing but respect for you.”