Scottish boxer Mike Towell has died in hospital after suffering severe bleeding to his brain following a bout with Dale Evans.
After suffering a fifth-round defeat in Glasgow, the 25-year-old was taken to Queen Elizabeth university hospital but tragically passed away on Friday night.
Before his bout with Evans, Towell had been undefeated in the ring, claiming 11 wins and one draw.
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Towell's partner, Chloe Ross, took to Facebook to say that she had been left "absolutely heartbroken".
“I’m absolutely heartbroken to say my annoying best friend passed away tonight at 11.02 very peacefully,” she 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.”
Eddie Hearn speaks out
Boxing promoter, Eddie Hearn, admitted that he had been left "absolutely devastated" by the shocking news.
Hearn said: “Absolutely devastated by the passing of Mike Towell – all of our thoughts with his friends and family at this time.”
Evans, meanwhile, was yet to speak out after Towell's death but paid tribute to his opponent after it had emerged that he had been taken to hospital.
He said: “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.
“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's expected that Towell's management will release a statement on Saturday morning.