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Boxer Scott Westgarth, 31, dies after fight

A British boxer has died after being rushed to hospital moments after he won a contest in Doncaster…

By admin , in UK , at February 26, 2018

A British boxer has died after being rushed to hospital moments after he won a contest in Doncaster.

Scott Westgarth, 31, had beaten Dec Spellman on Saturday after ten rounds and the light heavyweight was seen holding his head and visibly wincing during a TV interview shortly afterwards.

He returned back to The Dome in Doncaster before paramedics took him to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, where he died on Sunday night.

Westgarth's promoter Stefy Bull confirmed the news on social media. He said: "God bless Scott Westgarth.

"To promote a boxing show and a young man doing a job he loves losing his life, I have no words.

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

"RIP lad thoughts go out to your family and your team, it's been the hardest few days I've had to endure. No idea what to do moving forward."

Former Sheffield United captain and ex-British champion Curtis Woodhouse was due to face John Wayne Hibbert but the headline fight was cancelled.

Woodhouse said on Twitter: "Heartbreaking news about Scott Westgarth. RIP champ."

Image:Scott Westgarth in action against Lee Nutland in 2014

Westgarth's opponent Spellman wrote: "Absolutely heartbroken and lost for words continue to pray for Scott's family and the people close to him rest easy my friend."

Boxing legends expressed their sorrow with tributes from Frank Bruno, Ricky Hatton and promoter Eddie Hearn.

Bruno wrote: "Very saddened to hear a boxer has lost his life, my thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. RIP Scott Westgarth."

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Hatton said: "Heartbreaking this. Thoughts to his friends and family. And to anyone involved in the show. Rest in peace young man.x"

Westgarth, who was trained in Sheffield by Glyn Rhodes, lived in nearby Penistone but is originally from the North East.

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