British Boxer Scott Westgarth Dies at Age 31
The sad and tragic news that British Boxer Scott Westgarth Dies at Age 31, following his last fight.
It was unfortunate and downright heartbreaking when we learnt that British boxer Scott Westgarth died in hospital. Westgarth was rushed to hospital after looking to be in pain. He had just won his fight against Dec Spelman in Doncaster.
The fight with Spelman took 10 rounds in which both fighters managed to knock each other out. Scott was wincing as he held his head after the post-fight interview. Moments later, he stumbled as he walked to the back of the Dome. Paramedics quickly rushed him to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, but he did not make it through the night.
Westgarth’s sister Stephanie paid tribute to her brother by saying “I’m so proud of you, you fought amazingly on Saturday, and I cannot explain how devastated I am that it was the fight of your life”.
Others who poured in their tributes include Ricky Hatton, Frank Bruno, James DeGale and boxing promoter Eddie Hearn.
Boxing Shows it’s respects
Scott Westgarth had a few respectful words for his opponent after the fight. He said that he understood why Dec Spelman was undefeated in his previous 11 matches. “He is a good fighter, and I can see why he was 11-0. But at the end of the day I wanted it as much as he wanted it and ultimately, I box away all the time”.
His opponent Dec Spelman had this to say after hearing the tragic news, “Absolutely heartbroken and lost for words, I’ll continue to pray for Scott’s family and the people close to him, rest easy my friend”.
General secretary of the BBBofC Robert Smith said: “I’ve spoken to the doctors and officials in charge and I’m satisfied with the procedures, it’s a terrible thing that has happened my condolences to all of his family”.
Before turning to boxing, Westgarth worked as a ski instructor. He was also a chef at the Royal Victoria Holiday Inn in Sheffield. This last fight against Spelman was for the English title eliminator which saw Westgarth knocked to the canvas only to get to his feet in the previous round. The fight took place on Saturday 24th February.
Curtis Woodhouse was headlining the rest of the show and was looking forward to a fight himself. However, following the tragic news, the show was cancelled. Scott Westgarth entered into the fight with a record of 6 wins, 2 losses and a draw.