British boxer dies after falling ill following fight
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) The British Boxing Board of Control says a 31-year-old English fighter has died after falling ill following a bout on Saturday.
The BBBofC has told Britain’s Press Association that Scott Westgarth was taken to the hospital after falling ill backstage following his English light-heavyweight title eliminator against Dec Spellman. It said he died early Sunday.
The BBBofC wasn’t immediately available for comment when contacted by The Associated Press.
Westgarth conducted a post-fight interview after beating Spellman on points for his seventh win in 10 professional fights, then his condition declined and he was treated by paramedics before being taken to the hospital.
Westgarth was knocked down during the fight.
Stefy Bull, Westgarth’s promoter for the fight, also confirmed the death on Twitter. He said Westgarth was ”a young man doing a job he loves.”