Mike Towell

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Mike Towell
Statistics
Nickname(s) Iron Mike
Weight(s)
Nationality British
Born (1991-09-12)12 September 1991
Dundee, Scotland
Died 30 September 2016(2016-09-30) (aged 25)
Glasgow, Scotland
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 13
Wins 11
Wins by KO 8
Losses 1
Draws 1

Mike Towell (12 September 1991 – 30 September 2016) was a Scottish professional boxer from Dundee, Scotland.

Death

On 29 September 2016 Towell fought Dale Evans at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow where he suffered head injuries after being TKO'd in the fifth round of the scheduled 12 round fight. Afterwards he was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where it was discovered he had serious bleeding to the brain which led to his death on 30 September 2016.[1][2] It was reported that Towell had stopped sparring a few weeks before the fatal fight due to suffering with crippling migraines.[3] On 12 October 2016, it was confirmed that Towell's funeral would take place at St Andrew's Cathedral in Dundee on 14 October 2016, two weeks after his death.[4]

Reaction

Many members of the Boxing community led tributes on social media following Towell's death. On 1 October 2016, Nathan Cleverly dedicated his WBA (Regular) light-heavyweight title fight win against Jürgen Brähmer to Towell.[5] Ricky Hatton and Kris Carslaw both setup Justgiving pages in the days after Towell's death which had collectively raised £50,347 when pages were closed on 31 October 2016.[6]

On 3 October 2016, Dale Evans told BBC Wales how he was "absolutely heartbroken" by the death of Towell as a result of their fight.[7] In March 2017 Evans revealed that meeting Towell's mother had given him the strength to carry on.[8]

On 5 October 2016, Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn announced that for 24 hours on 6 October 2016, 100% of the ticket sales revenue to Ricky Burns world title defence fight on 7 October 2016 at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow will be donated to the Towell family.[9] At the event Towell was given a ten bell tribute just before Burns fought Kiryl Relikh.[10] On 11 October 2016, Hearn confirmed on Twitter that £3,720 was raised in ticket sales money for the Burns fight and that he would double the money raised bringing a total of £7,440 to pass on to the Towell family.

On 6 October 2016, the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon sent her condolences to Towell's family during her First Minister's Questions at the Scottish Parliament Building in Edinburgh.[11][12]

References

  1. ^ "Boxer Towell dies after Glasgow bout". 1 October 2016 – via www.bbc.co.uk. 
  2. ^ "Boxer Mike Towell dies after Glasgow fight". 1 October 2016 – via news.sky.com. 
  3. ^ "Boxer Mike Towell 'stopped sparring because of headaches'". 2 October 2016 – via www.bbc.co.uk. 
  4. ^ "Funeral for Scots boxer Mike Towell to take place this week". 12 October 2016 – via stv.tv/news/. 
  5. ^ "Nathan Cleverly dedicates world title win to tragic Mike Towell who died on Friday night". 2 October 2016 – via www.mirror.co.uk. 
  6. ^ "Weʼre raising £20,000 to Raise fund for the family and young boy of Mike Towell". justgiving.com. 
  7. ^ "Mike Towell: Dale Evans 'absolutely heartbroken' by opponent's death". 3 October 2016 – via www.bbc.co.uk. 
  8. ^ "Dale Evans says meeting Mike Towell's mother helped him carry on". 27 March 2017 – via www.bbc.co.uk. 
  9. ^ "Ricky Burns world title defence donation for Towell family". 5 October 2016 – via www.bbc.co.uk. 
  10. ^ "Touching 10 bell tribute to Dundee boxer Mike Towell". 7 October 2016 – via www.thecourier.co.uk. 
  11. ^ "Mike Towell tragedy: First Minister sends condolences to Dundee family". 6 October 2016 – via www.thecourier.co.uk. 
  12. ^ "First Minister sends condolences to boxer Mike Towell's family". 6 October 2016 – via stv.tv/news/. 

External links

  • Official record from BoxRec
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