British boxer Scott Westgarth dies aged 31
Last Updated: 27/02/18 3:14pm
British boxer Scott Westgarth has died aged 31 after being hospitalised following his decision win over Dec Spelman at the Doncaster Dome on Saturday.
Westgarth conducted a post-fight interview following his 10-round victory in the England light-heavyweight title eliminator, but fell ill backstage and was attended by paramedics.
He was taken to the Royal Hallamshire hospital and died in the early hours on Sunday, the British Boxing Board of Control has confirmed.
The board's general secretary Robert Smith said: "It's a terrible thing that's happened. My condolences to all of his family."
Organisers cancelled the rest of the show, where former professional footballer Curtis Woodhouse had been due to make his boxing comeback against John Wayne Hibbert.
Westgarth was a former ski instructor who worked as a chef at Sheffield's Royal Victoria Holiday Inn, having lived in Penistone and originated from the north-east.
The promoter on Saturday night, Stefy Bull, and Westgarth's opponent, Spelman, were joined by many of British boxing's biggest names in expressing their condolences.
Absolutely heartbroken and lost for words ail continue to pray for Scott's family and the people close to him rest easy my friend 🙏 xxx— dec spelman (@dec_spelman) February 26, 2018
Our thoughts and condolences with the family of Scott Westgarth, may he rest in peace 🙏🏼😔— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) February 26, 2018
Heartbreaking news about Scott Westgarth. RIP champ— Curtis Woodhouse (@curtiswoodhous8) February 26, 2018
Just seen the sad news that Scott Westgarth has passed away . Thoughts & prayers are with his family. RIP 🙏— Joe Gallagher (@JoeG) February 26, 2018
Such heartbreaking news about Scott Westgarth.— Dave Coldwell (@davidcoldwell) February 26, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends & team.
Heart breaking to hear the news that Scott Westgarth has passed away. It's a stark reminder of how dangerous this sport is. RIP— Carl Frampton MBE (@RealCFrampton) February 26, 2018