Scottish boxer Mike Towell “fought right to the end” but tragically died after he was seriously injured in a bout in Glasgow on Thursday night.
The 25-year-old welterweight had been complaining of headaches for the last few weeks, but it was put down to migraines and stress of the fight, the Guardian reports.
Towell’s partner of over eight years, Chloe Ross, said she was “absolutely heartbroken” to announce his passing shortly after 11pm on Friday evening, 12 hours after he was taken off life support.
Towell suffered a fifth-round loss to Dale Evans on Thursday night. Evans called Mike a “true warrior” in a statement released when he was taken to hospital.
I thought it would be easier to write a status than reply to all the tons of messages i have. Thank you all so much. Im…
I’m absolutely heartbroken to say my annoying best friend passed away tonight at 11.02 very peacefully.
Michael had severe bleeding and swelling to his brain. He had been complaining of headaches for the last few weeks but we put it down to migraines with the stress of his fight.
It has been the longest 24 hours of our lives. My baby has lost his daddy. But he will be so so proud of his dad in what he achieved.
Towell’s family were by his side in his final hours, and his partner Chloe said that “He left doing the thing he’s best at … there’s only one.”
The boxing community have paid tribute to the sportsman, known as ‘Iron Mike Towell’.
Heartbreaking news that Mike Towell has lost his life. May he rest in peace, thoughts go out to his loved ones. #RIP
— Shane McGuigan (@McGuigans_Gym) October 1, 2016
Absolutely devastated by the passing of Mike Towell – all of our thoughts with his friends and family at this time
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) October 1, 2016
Towell had 11 previous wins and one draw on his professional record, making him undefeated going into Thursday’s fight.