Dundee welterweight ‘Iron’ Mike Towell sadly succumbed to injuries suffered during his fight opposite Dale Evans on Thursday night.
The 25 year-old was dropped in the first round of their Glasgow contest before Evans finished the fight in the fifth round of a scheduled twelve.
As Towell struggled following his defeat, organisers at St Andrews Sporting Club took the decision to cancel the rest of the evening and initially released the following statement.
“Mike Towell is in a critical condition in Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth hospital after his fifth round defeat in the British welterweight title eliminator with Dale Evans at the Club last night.
“Club director Iain Wilson and Mike’s manager Tommy Gilmour travelled with him in the ambulance after the fight and have been at his bedside through the night with his family.
“We took the immediate decision to suspend last night’s show in the wake of Mike’s contest. All of our thoughts and prayers are with Mike and the Towell family at this very difficult time.”
Prayers began in earnest as opponent Evans was obviously in pieces at what had transpired in the contest.
“I am devastated and all my thoughts are with Mike and his family,” said Evans. “The ingredients were there for an entertaining fight and it was that, we are both punchers and so sadly for Mike he came out the wrong side.
“He is such a fantastic fighter, you are happy to win but all I wanted to do was get the victory. Not this.
“I never wanted to see my opponent being stretchered out of the ring. Who would ever want that sight? That was so hard for his family and my heart goes out to them.
“It was a fantastic atmosphere and I got applauded out after all that happened and that sums up the knowledge of the fans at the St Andrews Sporting Club and the Scottish people.
“The aftermath of the fight is so hard to take in but I just want people to know that every thought I have today is with Mike Towell’s family.
“He is a true warrior who has brought such excitement to Scottish boxing.”
Social media rumours grew stronger throughout Friday before a statement was released late on (early hours of Saturday) by St. Andrews Sporting Club that Towell had tragically lost his fight for life.
The boxing world now begin to come to terms with yet another young man’s family having to deal with the worse news they can possibly expect from a boxing match.