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British boxer Scott Westgarth dies hours after winning fight

The 31-year-old boxer died after falling ill in the aftermath of winning an English light-heavyweight title eliminator fight against Dec Spelman on Saturday.

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British boxer Scott Westgarth dies hours after winning fight
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British boxer Scott Westgarth died after falling ill in the aftermath of winning an English light-heavyweight title eliminator bout on Saturday.

Boxer collapses in dressing room

Westgarth, who was 31, was rushed to hospital following his victory over Dec Spelman at the Dome in Doncaster but died in the early hours of Sunday morning, the British Boxing Board of Control confirmed.

"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", the show's promoter Stefy Bull posted on Twitter. "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".

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Opponent, devastated by Westgarth death

Spellman also paid his respects, writing: "Absolutely heartbroken and lost for words. Continue to pray for Scott's family and the people close to him rest easy my friend".

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