Boxer Michael Norgrove passes away

London-based Zambian fighter Michael Norgrove has tragically lost his battle for life after collapsing in the ring on March 28 at Blackfriars in the first event held there in 73 years.

The Light-middleweight, known as the ‘Zambezi Hitman,’ was participating in his first bout after two years of inactivity at the venue, which is now known as The Ring in Southwark.

Undefeated and just 31 years of age, Norgrove was on his way to a sixth straight professional win against Tom Bowen, but got into difficulties early in the fifth round and was immediately rushed to Royal London Hospital for treatment.

Norgrove underwent an emergency operation for a bleed on his brain and was thought to be in a serious, but stable condition on Tuesday – until his condition deteriorated ending in the premature death of the promising boxer,who had so much to offer the sport.

The outpouring from the boxing community has been immense since the first incident and the sport will now grieve for another one of its sons in yet another reminder of the dangers posed to those who compete.