Josh Wale makes tremendous Scott Westgarth donation gesture
British bantamweight champion Josh Wale had decided to dip into his own pocket in a bid to give some of his future earnings to the family of tragic Scott Westgarth.
Westgarth lost his life at the tender age of 31 after fighting and winning last weekend, with the boxing community in pain at the second boxing death in two years.
Wale, 29, is set to put his coveted Lonsdale Belt on the line against Ukashir Farooq at the same venue Westgarth claimed his final victory before the unthinkable and worst case scenario unfolded.
Promoter Stefy Bull, who put on the show at which the Westgarth tragedy took place, has struggled to come to terms with what happened but is set plow on with Wale’s next outing.
In a superb gesture, ‘The Outlaw’ is pledging a percentage of his ticket sales to help Scott’s loved ones as they come to terms with the passing of the likeable fighter.
“(On) 13th April I’m defending my British title topping the bill at Doncaster Dome. It will be the first boxing show (at the venue) following the tragedy that happened to Scott Westgarth,” explained Wale.
“It’s a hard and cruel, but beautiful sport (and) I’ve not got the words to describe what his family and friends must be going through at this sad moment in time.
“After a meeting with my manager today, I’ve decided to donate £10 from every ticket I personally sell to Scott’s family.(I’m) just trying to help them out at this heartbreaking time,” he added.
The donation is one shining example of good deeds the boxing community have shown after rallying around Scott’s family since his death on Monday.
A Go Fund Me page has already been set and almost raised their £10,000 goal, whilst several fellow-pros have paid tribute to Scott, who was certainly one of the good guys in the sport.