Boxer Scott Westgarth dies in hospital after winning his fight


Boxer Scott Westgarth has tragically died aged 31 after being taken ill moments after beating Dec Spelman in Doncaster.

Westgarth defeated Spelman over 10 hard-fought rounds in an English Title Eliminator in South Yorkshire on Saturday night.

He had previously been knocked to the canvas during the light-heavyweight contest, which was due to be an undercard for Curtis Woodhouse's return to the ring, though the incident after the bout saw the rest of the event cancelled.

Westgarth was still able to conduct his post-match interview, that took place alongside opponent Spelman, but the Newcastle-native looked in pain.

After returning backstage, Westgarth was taken to Sheffield's Royal Hallamshire Hospital, where he died on Sunday.

Westgarth's promoter Stefy Bull took to Twitter on Monday to confirm that the boxer had sadly passed away.

Bull posted on Twitter: "God bless Scott Westgarth.

"To 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 to your family and your team, it's been the hardest few days I've had to endure. No idea what to do moving forward."

Tributes have poured in for Westgarth from the boxing world, including from for Sheffield United captain turned professional boxer Woodhouse, who also posted his message of condolence on social media after hearing the news.

Woodhouse said: "Heartbreaking news about Scott Westgarth. RIP champ."

Westgarth's opponent Spelman also followed up Woodhouse's comments with his own tribute.

Spelman said he was "absolutely heartbroken and lost for words."

Other names such as Eddie Hearn and Tony Bellew were also quick to pay their respects to the fallen boxer, with both of them sending out tweets in honour of the 31-year-old.

Just hours after the event, the likes of Carl Frampton, Leon McKenzie, and Dave Coldwell all posted tweets about the boxer as well, sending their well wishes to him, praying that he pulls through.

Sadly, however, he died just hours afterwards.

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