New Delhi: British boxer Scott Westgarth’s victory over Dec Spelman in the English title eliminator bout in Doncaster, a win that took him closer to his first ever English title — he was just one fight away — unfortunately turned to be his last.
The 31 year-old Sheffield trained boxer died after winning the bout against Spelman on Saturday.
According to reports, Westgarth had won the light heavy-weight eliminator on points but had suffered some heavy blows that injured him. He was uncomfortable during the ringside interview and eventually collapsed back in the dressing room soon after.
He was rushed to Royal Hallamshire hospital but died of suspected bleeding in the brain.
A former ski instructor, Westgarth also worked as a chef at Sheffield’s Royal Victoria Holiday Inn, reported Hindustan Times.
His unexpected demise however have come hard on the boxing world and had many professional and amateur boxers lending their condolences and support for the bereaved family.
“To promote a boxing show and a young man doing a job he loves losing his life, I have no words. RIP lad thoughts go out to your family and your team, it’s been the hardest few days I’ve had to endure,” said Westgrath’s promoter Stefy Bull on social media on Monday.
Meanwhile, Westgarth’s opponent Dec Spelman shared his condolences for the family on Twitter.
“Absolutely heartbroken and lost for words, all continue to pray for Scott’s family and the people close to him, rest easy my friend,” he wrote on his Twitter handle.