British boxer dies after falling ill following fight
Scott Westgarth tragically dies in hospital after beating his opponent on points in an English light-heavyweight title eliminator on Saturday
The British Boxing Board of Control says a 31-year-old English fighter has died after falling ill following a bout on Saturday.
The BBBofC has told Britain’s Press Association that Scott Westgarth was taken to the hospital after falling ill backstage following his English light-heavyweight title eliminator against Dec Spellman. It said he died early Sunday.
God bless @scottwestgarth 2 promote a Boxing show and a young man doing a job he loves losing his life I have no words RIP lad thoughts go out 2 yr family and yr team it’s been the hardest few days I’ve had to endure no idea what 2 do moving forward
— Stefy Bull (@StefyBull) February 26, 2018
The BBBofC wasn’t immediately available for comment when contacted.
Westgarth conducted a post-fight interview after beating Spellman on points for his seventh win in 10 professional fights, then his condition declined and he was treated by paramedics before being taken to the hospital.
Our thoughts and condolences with the family of Scott Westgarth, may he rest in peace
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) February 26, 2018
Westgarth was knocked down during the fight.
Stefy Bull, Westgarth’s promoter for the fight, also confirmed the death on Twitter. He said Westgarth was “a young man doing a job he loves.”