Hague’s death may spur change
Former teacher died as result of injuries from fight on Friday
Edmonton officials say they will call in a third party to review the circumstances that led to Tim Hague sustaining fatal injuries in a boxing match Friday.
The fighter and former kindergarten teacher’s death has sparked calls for stricter licensing and better protection for fighters, after Hague was injured in the second-round of a boxing match against former Edmonton Eskimos CFL player Adam Braidwood in the Alberta capital.
“We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and wish to express our deepest condolences to Tim’s family and friends, and also the many students he taught and colleagues he worked with in Beaumont,” said Rob Smyth, deputy manager of city services.
Smyth spoke on behalf of the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission, which regulates professional combative sports events in Edmonton.
Hague, nicknamed The Thrashing Machine, was hospitalized after the one-sided loss Friday night, and his friends reported on social media that he underwent surgery to relieve bleeding on the brain.
His sister, Jackie Neil, announced his death Sunday.
The 34-year-old was a former teacher at Ecole Bellevue School in Beaumont, Alta., a small town about 30 minutes’ drive south of Edmonton.
“This is a tragedy for everyone — his family, his friends and the school community that he was such an important part of,” the statement read.
Hague was a heavy underdog in the fight and accepted it on only two week’s notice.
He was knocked down three times in the first round, while another fall was ruled a slip.
Referee Len Koivisto stopped the bout after two more knockdowns in the second round.
The combative sports commission has extended its request for reports to all referees, ringside judges, physicians, chief inspector, paymaster and the presiding inspectors assigned to the bout.
Smyth said a post-fight review is completed immediately after each competition, regardless of whether there is a serious injury.