Australian boxer Dwight Ritchie has died, aged 27, following a freak accident during training on Saturday.
The light middleweight was sparring with Michael Zerefa when he suffered a devastating blow to the body.
He collapsed while walking back to his corner and could not be revived, with his promoter Jake Ellis confirming the horrible news on social media.
Ellis said: “It is with great sadness and shock to announce that the fighting cowboy Dwight Ritchie sadly passed away today doing what he loved.
“As Dwight’s promoter and friend it’s unbearable to accept the tragic news that’s just surfaced.
“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.
“RIP Cowboy you’ll be forever missed.”
The ‘Fighting Cowboy’ was in Melbourne preparing for his fight against Tommy Browne on December 6.
Ritchie, the former super welterweight, had an impressive record of 19-2 at professional level, losing his most recent bout to Tim Tszyu in August and missing out on the IBF Australasian Super Welter Title.
Team Ellis Boxing have set up a Go Fund Me page, aiming to raise around £27,000 to help financially support the three children he leaves behind.
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