Australian boxer, Dwight Richie has died after training session with sparring partner Mike Zerafa. The death of the 27 year old boxer was announced by his family on Saturday.
“It is with sadness and shock to announce that ‘the Fighting Cowboy’ Dwight Ritchie sadly passed away doing what he loved,” said his promoter Jake Ellis.
Ritchie lost just twice in his career where he had 21 professional fights, most recently against Tim Tszyu when they fought for the IBF Australasian super-welterweight title in August.
The sad news follows the death of American boxer Patrick Day in October, just four days after suffering a brain injury in a fight against Charles Conwell.
“As Dwight’s promoter and friend it’s unbearable to accept the tragic news that’s just surfaced,” added Ellis on Facebook.
“Dwight will always be remembered by the boxing fraternity as one of the brightest talents in Australia who’s fighting style embodied exactly how he lived.”
Ritchie lost the fight by a unanimous decision to Tszyu but a return to the rings was on the cards for the talented boxer.
“Today we lost one of our own,” Australian professional and Olympian Luke Jackson wrote on Twitte