Welsh fighter Dale Evans has expressed his sorrow at the fate of his latest opponent Mike Towell.
Evans won over five rounds at St. Andrews Sporting Club last Thursday in what was a British welterweight title eliminator that ended tragically when Towell was immediately taken ill and died 24 hours later due to excessive swelling to his brain.
Since then, a heartbroken Evans has kept a low profile but gave an interview to local media on Monday confirming his desire to fight on in tribute to Towell’s memory.
“I feel like I am responsible,” Evans told BBC Wales Sport. “I can’t stop thinking about Mike and his poor family. All my thoughts are with them.
“All I can think of is his two-year-old kid and his girlfriend and family who won’t have him around anymore.
“I feel like I am responsible because we are the ones punching each other – and this is something I have to live with now.
“You don’t think about this happening. With the medical team at ringside you feel safe and you never actually dream something like this will happen. It isn’t something on your mind.
“I have been low and thinking that I would probably stop boxing now, but I think I will have a break and I will try to win the British title in Mike’s memory.
“I feel like one of my own family has passed away,” he added.
Donations have been pouring in for Towell’s family since the events unfolded, with ex-world champion Ricky Hatton organising a Just Giving page that has raised £30,000.