Boxer Scott Westgarth has died at the age of 31 after being rushed to hospital following his fight at the Doncaster Dome on Saturday night.
The Newcastle fighter secured a points victory over Dec Spelman, even managing to conduct a post-fight interview, before he was taken ill after the bout.
A number of famous faces from the world of boxing tweeted their prayers for the fighter, with the rest of the show cancelled after he was taken to hospital.
Westgarth, pictured in 2014, recorded a win, but was quickly rushed to hospital afterwards
The sad news was confirmed on Monday morning though, with promoter Eddie Hearn tweeting: ‘Our thoughts and condolences with the family of Scott Westgarth, may he rest in peace.’
Images had surfaced on social media of the boxer grimacing during his interview after the fight, clearly in some discomfort.
After returning backstage, Westgarth was then taken to hospital and Curtis Woodhouse’s headline fight was swiftly cancelled.
In the aftermath, Woodhouse tweeted: ‘Prayers are with Scott Westgarth this evening, sometimes with all the hype around boxing you forget how dangerous this sport is. My fight with [Wayne Hibbert] is irrelevant and means nothing compared to life. Fingers crossed Scott is ok.’
The 31-year-old even completed a post-match interview before he was taken to hospital
On Monday morning Woodhouse again took to Twitter, this time writing: ‘Heartbreaking news about Scott Westgarth. RIP champ.’
The news was first confirmed by Westgarth’s promoter Stefy Bull shortly after 8am.
‘God bless Scott Westgarth,’ he tweeted. ‘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.’