- A British boxer died hours after winning a 10-round bout
- Scott Westgarth was seen in pain during the post-fight interview
- Westgarth collapsed at the backstage after the interview
A 31-year-old British boxer died hours after winning on points in the 10-round English light heavyweight title eliminator bout at The Dome in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England.
Scott Westgarth has beaten Dec Spelman on points during their fight on Saturday night, February 24, but according to Telegraph, he was knocked down on the ropes just before the bell for the end of round 10.
In a video shared by the Daily Mail, Westgarth was seen struggling during the post-fight interview with Boxing Social. It was obvious in the video that he felt some pain in his head.
After the interview, he made his way to the backstage where he reportedly collapsed. Ringside medics were called to assist Westgarth. He was taken to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital where he died the following morning.
Westgarth was the underdog in the bout. Before the fight, he had a record of 6 wins, 2 losses and a draw, while Spelman has an 11-0 record. Westgarth gave Spelman his first loss.
Spelman took to Twitter to pay tribute to Westgarth.
“Absolutely heartbroken and lost for words. I’ll continue to pray for Scott’s family and the people close to him rest easy my friend,” he tweeted.