Scottish boxer Mike Towell has died at the age of 25 after suffering serious injury in a bout Thursday night. Towell was rushed to hospital after a fifth-round loss to Dale Evans in a fight at the Radisson Blu hotel in Glasgow.
Towell suffered severe bleeding and swelling to the brain and was taken off life support at the Queen Elizabeth university hospital. The Dundee fighter's management said that his family members were with him at the time of his death.
Towell previously had 11 wins and one draw on his professional record, and the bout was an eliminator for the British welterweight title. According to the BoxRec database of professional fights, Towell was knocked down in the first round of Thursday’s fight and again in the fifth before the fight stopped.
Towell's partner Chloe Ross said in a Facebook post that the fighter had complained of migraines "for weeks." Ross and Towell had been together for more than eight years and have a young son, Rocco.
“I’m absolutely heartbroken to say my annoying best friend passed away tonight at 11.02 very peacefully,” Ross wrote. “Michael had severe bleeding and swelling to his brain. He had been complaining of headaches for the last few weeks but we put it down to migraines with the stress of his fight. It has been the longest 24 hours of our lives. My baby has lost his daddy. But he will be so so proud of his dad in what he achieved.”
Ross said: “Once he was taken off of his life support he managed 12 hours, 12 whole rounds off his life support, he fought right to the end and he’s done us all so proud ... He left doing the thing he’s best at ... there’s only one.”
Members of the boxing community paid tribute to the boxer, known as "Iron Mike Towell."