A British boxer who collapsed after winning a fight in an eliminator bout on Saturday night has died in hospital.
Scott Westgarth, 31, had earned a win on points over ten brutal rounds against Dec Spellman in an English title eliminator.
Scott suffered a knockdown but also downed Spellman during the fight at Doncaster Dome, South Yorks.
Former chef and ski instructor Scott was knocked down on the ropes just before the bell of round 10.
He conducted post-fight interviews but then collapsed in the dressing room afterwards and was taken to nearby Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital.
Ringside medics accompanied Westgarth to hospital which forced the cancellation of the rest of the fight night.
Former Sheffield United captain and ex-British champion Curtis Woodhouse was due to face John Wayne Hibbert in a Commonwealth title eliminator but the fight was postponed.
His promoter, Stefy Bull, confirmed the devastating news on social media this morning.
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.
“RIP lad thoughts go out to your family and your team, its’s been the hardest few days I’ve had to endure.
“No idea what to do moving forward.”
Scott was trained in Sheffield by Glyn Rhodes and lived in the city but was originally from the North East.
He began boxing at the age of 24.
Speaking to Boxing Social, he said: “I will box anyone.
“I do it for the fun not because I think I am going to be world class fighter.
“I just do it for purely for entertainment and I am just glad we could put on a show and keep everyone entertained.”
Since the news of Scott’s death emerged this morning (Mon) tributes flooded in on social media.
Eddie Hearn said: “Our thoughts and condolences with the family of Scott Westgarth, may he rest in peace.”
Mark Vater said (SIC): “RIP @scottwestgarth You were a cheeky chappy who was thought of very highly by your colleagues and friends! You will leave a big void.
“Thoughts are with your family! So sad.”
James Hope-Gill said: “So sorry to hear that Scott Westgarth has passed away. Devastating news.”
Luke Junior said: “Absolutely Devastated R.I.P @scottwestgarth A True Gent, A True Warrior.