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Scottish boxer dies following televised bout

25-year-old Mike Towell was taken to hospital after his fight with Dale Evans was stopped in the fifth round on Thursday evening.

towell Mike Towell Source: Youtube

A SCOTTISH BOXER has died in the aftermath of a bout in Glasgow on Thursday evening.

Mike Towell’s fight with Welshman Dale Evans, which was being broadcast live on STV at the time, at the St Andrews Sporting Club in the city was stopped in the fifth round.

25-year-old Towell had been knocked down in the first round but the fight continued when he got back to his feet.

He was taken to hospital immediately after the fight and eventually was put on life support.

The boxer, from Dundee and known by his ring name Iron Mike, was taken off life support just 12 hours before he died at 11pm last night.

st andrew Source: Facebook

His partner, Chloe Ross, with whom he had a son, paid emotional tribute to him in a Facebook post after Towell’s passing.

“I’m absolutely heartbroken to say my annoying best friend passed away tonight 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.

Ross added that although “my baby has lost his daddy”, “he left doing the thing he’s best at”.

Towell’s opponent Dale Evans released a statement in the aftermath of the bout, but has not yet commented since Towell’s death: “I am devastated and all my thoughts are with Mike and his family.

I never wanted to see my opponent being stretchered out of the ring. Who would ever want that sight?

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