Boxer Mike Towell dies aged 25 after KO loss

01/10/2016 07:40

Scottish boxer Mike Towell has died in hospital following a fifth-round KO loss to Dale Evans on Thursday night at St Andrews Sporting Club in Glasgow.

Towell, who had been undefeated with 11 previous wins and one draw, was knocked down in the first round and again in the fifth prior to the stoppage of the British welterweight title eliminator.

The 25-year-old was stretchered from the ring and rushed to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

Having suffered severe bleeding and swelling to the brain, he passed away with his family at his bedside.

"He is such a fantastic fighter," said Evans prior to the news of Towell’s death. "You are happy to get the win but all I wanted to do was get the victory. Not this. I never wanted to see my opponent stretchered out of the ring. Who would ever want that sight. That was so hard for his family and my heart goes out to them."

Promoter Eddie Hearn tweeted: "Absolutely devastated by the passing of Mike Towell - all of our thoughts with his friends and family at this time."