MELBOURNE (Information) – Australian boxing was in shock on Sunday after native fighter Dwight Richie died in a coaching accident on the age of 27.
Ritchie’s promoter confirmed the boxer’s dying in a Fb put up.
“It’s with nice unhappiness and shock to announce that the combating cowboy Dwight Ritchie sadly handed away at the moment doing what he cherished,” Jake Ellis wrote.
“As Dwight’s promoter and good friend it’s insufferable to just accept the tragic information that’s simply surfaced.”
One of many nation’s brightest boxing abilities, Ritchie final fought Tim Tszyu, the son of former world champion boxer Kostya Tszyu, in August for the IBF Australasian tremendous welterweight title in Sydney.
He misplaced by unanimous determination however was to return to the ring subsequent month for a light-middleweight battle in opposition to Tommy Browne.
Sydney’s Every day Telegraph newspaper reported that Aboriginal Australian Ritchie, who had a report of 19 wins and two defeats, collapsed when sparring with one other boxer in Melbourne on Saturday and couldn’t be revived.
Ritchie leaves three youngsters behind.
His dying sparked a flood of tributes from native boxers on social media.
“Immediately we misplaced one in every of our personal,” Australian skilled and Olympian Luke Jackson wrote on Twitter.
“I bear in mind having my skilled debut on Dwight’s card. Sending my like to his household, family members and the entire of boxing Australia.”
Reporting by Ian Ransom; Modifying by Daniel Wallis