Boxer dies after London fight

A boxer has died after collapsing in the ring. 31 year old Zambian national Michael Norgrove, who was based in London, died from bleeding on the brain eight days after his last match.

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Norgrove was a "crowd pleaser"

A spokesperson for Repton Boxing Club in east London, where the Zambian-born athlete had previously trained, described him as a "powerful boxer" and "crowd pleaser" who always achieved an "all action humdinger of a bout" even in his amateur days.

The club said: "We are saddened to hear that Ex Repton Boxer Michael Norgrove has died nine days after collapsing in the ring at The Blackfriars Venue London, doing what he loved."

His promoter Steve Goodwin tweeted: "It's so unbelievable what has happened to this young man."


First boxer to die after bout in British ring since 1995

Tributes have been paid to a "powerful" boxer from London who died on Saturday, nine days after developing a blood clot on his brain.

Michael Norgrove, a former amateur and white collar fighter from Woodford Green, is the first boxer to die following a bout in a British ring since 1995.

The 31-year-old died in hospital on Saturday after his fight against Tom Bowen at The Ring in Blackfriars, London was called off by referee Jeff Hinds.

He stopped the contest early in the fifth of the scheduled six rounds after growing concerned by the light-middleweight's behaviour.

Norgrove subsequently collapsed and was immediately taken to hospital.

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