Scottish boxer Mike Towell has passed away in hospital after being seriously injured in a bout.
Towell, 25, received treatment in the ring and was rushed to hospital following his fifth-round loss to Dale Evans in a St Andrews Sporting Club fight at Glasgow’s Radisson Blu Hotel on Thursday night.
His partner, Chloe Ross, confirmed in a Facebook post that Towell passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Friday night, 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.”
— anthony crolla (@ant_crolla) October 1, 2016
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.”
Devastating news… RIP Mike Towell, my sincere condolences to his family…??
— Frank Bruno MBE (@frankbrunoboxer) October 1, 2016
Towell had been undefeated in his previous 11 professional fights, winning 10 and drawing and once.
The Scot was knocked down in the first round, before referee Victor Loughlin stopped the fight in the fifth after Towell was knocked down for the second time.
Heartbreaking news that Mike Towell has lost his life. May he rest in peace, thoughts go out to his loved ones. #RIP
— Shane McGuigan (@McGuigans_Gym) October 1, 2016