Boxer Scott Westgarth has died at the age of 31, it was confirmed on Monday morning.
On Saturday night, Westgarth fought to a points victory over ten rounds against Dec Spellman at the Doncaster Dome.
After the bout, the Newcastle fighter was taken to hospital. Shortly beforehand, Westgarth had appeared to be in pain during a post-fight interview.
Promoter Stefy Bull broke the news via Twitter.
God bless @scottwestgarth 2 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 2 yr family and yr team it’s been the hardest few days I’ve had to endure no idea what 2 do moving forward 💔😔
— Stefy Bull (@StefyBull) February 26, 2018
Opponent Dec Spellman wrote on Twitter of his devastation regarding the news. "Absolutely heartbroken and lost for words ail continue to pray for Scott's family and the people close to him rest easy my friend."
Westgarth, a light heavyweight, was 7-2-1 in his pro career. Saturday night's fight was a title eliminator for the English light heavyweight title
Several other fighters and boxing figures have expressed their sadness at the tragedy. Those included Curtis Woodhouse who was due to headline on Saturday night against Wayne Hibbert. However, the fight was canceled due to Westgarth being taken to hospital.
Heartbreaking news about Scott Westgarth. RIP champ
— Curtis Woodhouse (@curtiswoodhous8) February 26, 2018
Our thoughts and condolences with the family of Scott Westgarth, may he rest in peace 🙏🏼😔
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) February 26, 2018