WBN are sad to report the death of warrior Scott Westgarth following his clash with Dec Spelman at Doncaster Dome over the weekend.
Westgarth, 31, fought an exciting war with Spelman on the Curtis Woodhouse v John Wayne Hibbert undercard, scoring a ten-round victory in what tragically turned out to be his final act.
The long-awaited Commonwealth welterweight title eliminator between Woodhouse and Hibbert was called off during the event after Westgarth struggled through his post-fight interview.
Despite winning his brutal clash with Spelman, Westgarth seemed to be acting odd, and it was soon realized something was very wrong with the Newcastle man.
In the contest, both men had touched the canvas before Westgarth claimed a 95-92 victory and shortly afterward took a turn for the worst.
Westgarth was rushed to hospital from Doncaster Done in a bad way as promoter Stefy Bull struggled to come to terms with what happened at his show.
Feeling ‘physically sick’ as he updated fans on the tragic events, Bull stated he was ‘heartbroken’ at the situation Westgarth had found himself in.
“Absolutely heartbroken tonight, 30 years in boxing, and it’s hit home how serious this so-called sport is,” said Bull.
Absolutely heartbroken tonight 30 years in boxing and its hit home how serious this so called sport is, I feel physically sick ???? I’ve got everything crossed that Scott Westgarth is ok if people actually realised what goes on behind the scenes brutal this game
— Stefy Bull (@StefyBull) February 24, 2018
“I feel physically sick. I’ve got everything crossed that Scott Westgarth is ok. If people actually realized what goes on behind the scenes (and how) brutal this game (is.)
Even though he missed out on an opportunity to fight on the back of losing five stone in weight, ex-footballer Woodhouse was more concerned about Westgarth when giving his initial thoughts on the cancellation.
Prayers are with Scott Westgarth this evening. Sometimes with all the hype around boxing you forget how dangerous this sport is. My fight with @JWHIBBERT is irrelevant and means nothing compared to life. Fingers crossed Scott is ok
— Curtis Woodhouse (@curtiswoodhous8) February 24, 2018
“Prayers are with Scott Westgarth this evening. Sometimes with all the hype around boxing, you forget how dangerous this sport is.
“My fight with John Wayne Hibbert is irrelevant. It means nothing compared to life. Fingers crossed Scott is ok,” said Woodhouse.
Both men have since updated their feelings as Westgath’s family begins to deal with their devastating loss.
God bless @scottwestgarth 2 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 2 yr family and yr team it’s been the hardest few days I’ve had to endure no idea what 2 do moving forward ????????
— Stefy Bull (@StefyBull) February 26, 2018
Heartbreaking news about Scott Westgarth. RIP champ
— Curtis Woodhouse (@curtiswoodhous8) February 26, 2018
WBN would like to offer our condolences to the family of Scott Westgarth. He died doing and winning at what he loved.