A boxer one victory away from becoming the English light heavyweight champion has died after winning a grueling 10-round fight.
Scott Westgarth, 31, battled Dec Spelman in an English title eliminator bout on Saturday, Feb. 24, MailOnline reported, and won the fight on points.
We’re deeply upset to hear that Scott Westgarth has passed away. Our thoughts are with his family and friends, his team and his opponent, Dec Spelman. pic.twitter.com/vfRzlNMNmu
— Boxing News (@BoxingNewsED) February 26, 2018
But during the post-fight interview the 31-year-old fighter showed signs that something was amiss. Images from the question and answer session surfaced on social media, showing Westgarth holding his hand up to his head and grimacing.
Just heard it’s Scott Westgarth who won his fight but I thought he looked odd in the interview, you can see in the pic he got pain in his head. Really hope he’s going to be okay ??#StayStrongScott #Boxing #BiggestFightOfHisLife pic.twitter.com/YA8lWWbR0z
— Dom Taylor (@DomPiero9) February 24, 2018
According to Metro, Westgarth headed backstage afterwards and was taken to hospital by paramedics.
He subsequently died of a suspected brain hemorrhage.
Westgarth’s promoter, Stefy Bull, has confirmed that the boxer passed away on Sunday, posting this tribute on Monday.
God bless @scottwestgarth 2 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 2 yr family and yr team it’s been the hardest few days I’ve had to endure no idea what 2 do moving forward ??
— Stefy Bull (@StefyBull) February 26, 2018
Bull wrote, “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.”
Former football player Curtis Woodhouse was to fight the headline match at Saturday’s show. His bout was cancelled after Westgarth was taken ill. He posted this tribute afterwards.
Heartbreaking news about Scott Westgarth. RIP champ
— Curtis Woodhouse (@curtiswoodhous8) February 26, 2018
More salutes to the deceased fighter have poured in.
Very saddened to hear a boxer has lost his life, my thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. RIP Scott Westgarth ?? https://t.co/eDQKS9ZLG0
— Frank Bruno MBE (@frankbrunoboxer) February 26, 2018
Just heard the tragic news!
RIP Scott Westgarth
— Ricky Boylan (@Rickyboylan1) February 26, 2018
Our thoughts and condolences with the family of Scott Westgarth, may he rest in peace ???
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) February 26, 2018
thoughts and condolences go out to Scott Westgarth family! ?
— Sam Eggington (@eggington_sam) February 26, 2018
Thoughts with Scott Westgarth and his family right now.. Hoping he gets home safe after his bout last night ??
— Tony Bellew (@TonyBellew) February 25, 2018
Westgarth’s final bout was held at The Dome, in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.
The remaining fights of the night were cancelled in the wake of the tragedy.