Scottish boxer Mike Towell has sadly passed away after he sustained a brain injury from the fight in Glasgow on Thursday night.
During the fifth round, the 25 year old was carried out from St Andrews Sporting Club on a stretcher. After suffering extreme bleeding and swelling of the brain, the decision was made to turn off his life support. Mike was surrounded by his family as he passed away.
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
Rest in Peace Mike Towell.
— Chris Eubank Jr (@ChrisEubankJr) October 1, 2016
Send my condolences to Mike Towell's family. Rip champ. https://t.co/TXlZPr6GTK
— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) October 1, 2016
This is only the third time in which a professional boxer has passed away due to fight-related injuries during the past 21 years.
His partner, Ms Ross, said in a Facebook post:
“I’m absolutely heartbroken to say my annoying best friend passed away tonight at 11.02 very peacefully. 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.”
It is understood that Mike’s family were joined by his manager, Tommy Gilmour, during the last few hours of his life. Tommy said:
“He was Iron Mike to the end, he kept fighting till the last, and we have lost an exciting boxer but, more importantly, a very special man. He was one of the greatest characters I have worked with, I came away from every phone call or chat we had smiling and shaking my head in bewilderment.”
Rest in peace.