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Tragic boxer suffered headache: promoter

Press AssociationPress Association 2/10/2016

A Scottish boxer who died following a televised bout cut short a training session after suffering a headache in the weeks before the fatal fight, it has emerged.

Gym owner and promoter Alex Morrison said the headache had forced Mike Towell to stop sparring as he prepared for Thursday's bout with Dale Evans.

The boxer's "heartbroken" partner Chloe Ross said Towell, from Dundee, had been suffering from headaches in the weeks before the fight.

Mr Morrison told the Scottish Sun on Sunday: "He was sparring with a guy called Stewart Burt but he stopped because of the headache.

"I never paid any attention as he looked OK.

"When he told the guys he wasn't feeling too good, they advised him not to box."

The boxer's management team have said they were not aware of any headache complaints as politicians and doctors questioned the safety of the sport.

The 25-year-old welterweight, known as Iron Mike Towell, was stretchered from the ring after a fifth-round loss to Evans in a St Andrew's Sporting Club fight in Glasgow.

He was taken to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, diagnosed with severe bleeding and swelling to his brain, and died shortly after 11pm on Friday, 12 hours after being taken off life support.

Ms Ross, his partner of eight years, wrote on Facebook: "I'm absolutely heartbroken to say my annoying best friend passed away tonight at 11.02 very peacefully.

"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.

"It has been the longest 24 hours of our lives. My baby has lost his daddy. But he will be so so proud of his dad in what he achieved.

"Once he was taken off of his life support he managed 12 hours, 12 whole rounds off his life support, he fought right to the end and he's done us all so proud."

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