London light middleweight Michael Norgrove, who collapsed following a bout with Tom Bowen nine days ago, has died.
The 31 year-old received immediate medical attention after the fight on March 28 and was rushed to hospital where he was operated on to treat a bleed on the brain.
Norgrove made a good start to the bout, knocking Bowen down in the first round. However, the fight was stopped by referee Jeff Hinds after 0. 29 seconds of the fifth round with the official reportedly noticing something unusual about the fighter’s reactions during the fight.
Boxer Phil Gill was the house second on the night and posted a thread on the BoxRec.com forum the morning after the fight on March 28,stating: “It was a horrible thing to see happen he hadn’t taken a single big shot so makes you wonder where the damage was done,” wrote Gill. “[He] was up in the fight having dropped the other lad in the first round.
“I know refs and the board get slagged a lot but I felt Jeff Hinds [the contest’s referee] was spot on in calling a halt to the fight before Mike collapsed and never got hit with anything. [It] was well spotted. The oxygen and docs were in there within seconds.”
Gill posted a second thread this afternoon saying: “He put up a hard fight. [There were] lots of complications after surgery [he] was up and down they took him off the sedation and ventilators few days ago and it was a matter of waiting for him to wake up but .. xxxxx”
Speaking about the tragedy to BBC Radio5 LIVE British Boxing Board of Control General secretary Robert Smith Said: "I’ve had reports over the last week and it wasn’t a particularly hard contest.
"He hadn’t taken any particularly hard punches but the referee dispensed with the count, the medics were in there straight away and he was in the hospital within 25-30 minutes.
"Procedure-wise, everything worked extremely well but this is the nature of the sport we’re in."
"We all know the dangers that boxing has, every boxer that participates knows the dangers," Smith added.
April 6, 2013