The partner of boxer Mike Towell says he “fought right to the end” after the 25-year-old died from a brain injury sustained in a bout in Glasgow.In an emotional Facebook post, Chloe Ross said she was “absolutely heartbroken”. “It has been the longest 24 hours of our lives,” she wrote. “My baby has lost his daddy. But he will be so so proud of his dad in what he achieved.”
Ms Ross said the welterweight had passed away shortly after 11pm on Friday evening. His family was at his bedside at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. “Once he was taken off of his life support He managed 12 hours, 12 whole rounds off his life support,” Ms Ross said. “He fought right to the end and he’s done us all so proud… He left doing the thing he’s best at… there’s only one.”
The couple had been together for more than eight years and had a young son, Rocco. Ms Ross added: “Michael had severe bleeding and swelling to his brain. He had been complaining of headaches for the last few weeks but we put it down to migraines with the stress of his fight.”
The fighter from Dundee, dubbed “Iron Mike”, suffered a fifth-round loss to Welshman Dale Evans in a St Andrews Sporting Club welterweight fight at Glasgow’s Radisson Blu Hotel on Thursday night. He was knocked down in the first round and again in the fifth before the stoppage, according to the BoxRed database of fights, and was rushed to hospital after being taken from the ring on a stretcher.