Scottish pugilist Mike Towell has died at the tender age of 25 after he suffered brain damage following a brutal number one contender’s fight.
Towell faced Dale Evans at the Radissoon Blu Hotel in Glasgow Thursday night, for the right to face the British Welterweight champion, losing to a fifth round knockout.
Towell was rushed to the nearby Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, where he was found to have suffered severe bleeding and swelling to his brain.
He was placed on life support due to the severity of his injuries, but was soon taken off – the Guardian reports. He died 12 hours later, late Friday night.
Towell had been suffering migraines in the run-up to the bout, his wife revealed, but put them down to stress. The situation seemed to have been exacerbated by his bout.
“I’m absolutely heartbroken to say my annoying best friend passed away tonight at 11.02 very peacefully,” Towell’s wife, Chloe Ross, wrote on Facebook.
“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.”
She 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”