Saturday, October 1, 2016

Girlfriend Pays Tribute To Boxer Who Died After He Was Knocked Unconscious In A Fight

The heartbroken partner of boxer Mike Towell has told how he 'fought right to the end' before dying from injuries he suffered in a bout. Mike Towell, 25, was stretchered from the ring in the fifth round of his match with Dale Evans at St Andrews Sporting Club fight in Glasgow on Thursday night.

Having suffered severe bleeding and swelling to the brain, the Dundee fighter was taken off of life support and died surrounded by members of his family. Towell's partner Chloe Ross paid tribute to the boxer on Facebook, and revealed the fighter had been suffering from weeks of migraines in the lead up to the bout, putting the headaches down to stress.

In a heartfelt message, she called her partner of eight and a half years her 'annoying best friend' and 'absolute plonker', adding that a part of him would 'be with her forever' because of their young son, Rocco. Among the sport's famous names to pay their respects to the fighter were former world champion Ricky Hatton and promoter Eddie Hearn, while Nick Blackwell - who retired from the support after going into a coma following a fight with Chris Eubank Jr - changed his Twitter profile picture to that of Towell as a homage to the boxer.