Scottish boxer Mike Towell has been reported dead in hospital after being seriously beaten in a fight, his management company confirmed on Saturday.
The 25-year-old Dundee-born boxer was stretched out from the ring following a fifth-round loss to his Welsh opponent, Dale Evans in a St Andrews Sporting Club fight at a Glasgow hotel 3 days ago.
He was rushed to the city’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in an ambulance and was confirmed dead in the early hours of Saturday by his management team.
St Andrews Sporting Club wrote on Twitter, “Within the last hour Mike Towell passed away — he will always be in our hearts#RIPIronMike.”
His partner, Chloe Ross, wrote on Facebook, “I’m absolutely heartbroken to say my annoying best friend passed away tonight at 11.02 very peacefully.”
Also confirming the incident, boxing trainer Shane McGuigan tweeted, “Heartbreaking news that Mike Towell has lost his life. May he rest in peace, thoughts go out to his loved ones.#RIP”
While British promoter Eddie Hearn, added, “Absolutely devastated by the passing of Mike Towell — all of our thoughts with his friends and family at this time.”
Evans knocked Towell down twice in the fight before referee Victor Loughlin brought the bout to abrupt end in the fifth round.
Towell had been unbeaten prior to the fight, a British welterweight title eliminator, with 11 wins and one draw on his professional record.