FAI finds boxer died in fight that ‘should never have taken place’
A Dundee boxer died in a fight that “should never have taken place”, according to a fatal accident inquiry (FAI).
Mike Towell died at the age of 25 in September 2016 after losing a match to Welsh figher Dale Evans, the BBC reports.
The FAI said that had he been “open and honest” about his medical condition it was “highly likely” he would not have been permitted to box from 2014.
It said the rules of the sport’s governing body were such that fighters could conceal this kind of information.
Known as “Iron Mike” Towell, he was diagnosed with severe bleeding as well as swelling to his brain in the wake of the fight in Glasgow.
He died in hospital 24 hours after the bout.
The inquiry heard that he was told by doctors to give up boxing three years earlier after suspected seizures.
In his written judgment, Sheriff Principal Craig Turnbull said: “Regrettably, it appears that Mr Towell’s love of boxing caused him to ignore the advice of doctors and not to accept the medical condition he had been diagnosed as suffering from.
“It is hard not to conclude that the very drive and commitment to boxing which Mr Towell demonstrated in his ascent to a final eliminator contest for the British welterweight championship in only his thirteenth professional fight is what led to his untimely death.”
He concluded that the 2016 fight against Mr Evans “should never have taken place”.
He said: “Had Mr Towell been open and honest with the doctors who carried out his annual BBBC medical examinations, it is highly likely that he would not have been licensed to box from at least 2014 onwards.
“Indeed, it is possible, although not certain, that he may never have been licensed to box professionally.”