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Boxer Dale Evans 'feels responsible' after death of opponent Mike Towell

Published 03/10/2016

Boxer Mike Towell died in hospital on Friday night after being injured in a bout in Glasgow the previous day (PA/Dundee Boxing Club)
Boxer Mike Towell died in hospital on Friday night after being injured in a bout in Glasgow the previous day (PA/Dundee Boxing Club)

Boxer Dale Evans has spoken of his heartbreak following the death of opponent Mike Towell.

Towell, 25, died in hospital on Friday night following a televised bout with Evans in Glasgow the previous day.

Tributes have flooded in following the death of the father from Dundee.

Welsh boxer Evans told BBC Wales Sport: "I feel like I am responsible. I can't stop thinking about Mike and his poor family. All my thoughts are with them."

Evans, 24, said he never dreamt something like this would happen.

He added: "It has been awful. All I can think of is his two-year-old kid and his girlfriend and family who won't have him around any more.

"I feel like I am responsible because we are the ones punching each other - and this is something I have to live with now."

Evans also told the BBC the incident saw him consider retiring from the sport but that he would now like to win the British title in Towell's memory.

The welterweight, known as "Iron Mike Towell", was stretchered from the ring after a fifth-round loss to Evans in a televised bout at a St Andrew's Sporting Club event 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.

The boxer's family were at his bedside in his final hours and were joined by his manager, Tommy Gilmour, and St Andrew's Sporting Club owner Iain Wilson.

It later emerged Towell had cut short a training session after suffering a headache in the weeks before the fatal fight.

His partner Chloe Ross said he died "peacefully".

She wrote on Facebook: "My baby has lost his daddy. But he will be so, so proud of his dad in what he achieved."

An appeal set up by former world champion boxer Ricky Hatton to raise money for Ms Ross, and the couple's young son, Rocco, has surpassed its £20,000 target and has now raised more than £29,000.

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