British middleweight boxer dies after pro debut


British middleweight Sherif Lawal has died after collapsing in the ring during his professional debut on Sunday, fight organisers said.

The British Boxing Board of Control sent a note of condolences on Monday.

Media reports said Lawal, 29, was hit on the temple in the fourth of six scheduled rounds at London’s Harrow Leisure Centre against opponent Malam Varela.

“Unfortunately during Sherif’s fight, he collapsed and despite the best efforts of the paramedics, he was later pronounced dead,” promoters Warren Boxing Management said in a statement.

The fight was the first on the card, with the event then cancelled.

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