Boxer Dies Following Fight Due To Brain Injury
Following a decision victory on Saturday night where he beat Dec Spellman in Doncaster, England, 31 year old Scott Westgarth collapsed in his dressing room.
According to the original report by MailOnline, Westgarth appeared to be in pain following the fight in his post fight interview. After the interview, he was seen wincing and holding his head before collapsing in his dressing room.
The cause of death is alleged to be a subdural hematoma, or bleeding of the brain, which was also the cause of death for former UFC heavyweight Tim Hague, who passed away in June of last year following a boxing match in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
A GoFundMe campaign has been set-up with the stated goal of provide funds to Westgarth’s family. At this time of writing the campaign has raised £820 towards its £10,000 goal.
Following the report of Westgarth’s death, the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) released a statement, through general secretary Robert Smith, claiming to have improved safety in British boxing.
“We are one of the most forward-thinking commissions in the world regarding medical aspects. Some people don’t like us because they say we are too strict. This is a tough, tough sport and we try to make it as safe as possible but you can’t make it 100% safe. That doesn’t take away from the fact that this is a disaster, but more importantly it’s a disaster for his family and that’s the most important thing.”