‘Iron’ Mike’s loved ones launch £13k scan­ner bid

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Front Page - BY ADAM HILL

THE part­ner and mum of late boxer “Iron” Mike Tow­ell have launched a fundraiser for a brain scan­ner to pre­vent a sim­i­lar tragedy hap­pen­ing again.

Mike, 25, died af­ter col­laps­ing dur­ing a Bri­tish ti­tle elim­i­na­tor bout in Glas­gow last Septem­ber.

The Dundee fa­ther had pre­vi­ously com­plained of pains in his head and had asked for a brain scan three times.

How­ever, doc­tors had ad­vised him it was a mi­graine.

Now, Mike’s part­ner Chloe Ross and his mum Tracey Tow­ell have de­cided to fundraise for an “Iron Mike Tow­ell” brain scan­ner in the hope of pre­vent­ing sim­i­lar tragedies.

They hope to raise £13,000 for the de­vice, which can de­tect is­sues with the brain.

They are set to kick off the drive by do­ing a sky dive to­gether in July.

Post­ing on the fundrais­ing page, Chloe said: “As ev­ery­one is aware Michael Tow­ell (Iron Mike Tow­ell) trag­i­cally died af­ter a box­ing match on Septem­ber 30 2016.

“My­self and his mum have been so over­whelmed with all the sup­port from ev­ery­one.”

Chloe said she and Tracey wanted to start some fundrais­ing them­selves to buy a brain scan­ner for box­ers in Dundee and Stir­ling, two cities in which Michael trained.

She said: “Ob­vi­ously any op­po­nents can use it too if needed.

“These scan­ners can de­tect if there is a prob­lem in the head, some­thing we wish was there when Michael was com­plain­ing of headaches.

“We have lost a part­ner, a son, a great friend and Rocco lost his daddy.

“If we could pre­vent this hap­pen­ing to any­one else we will try our best.

“We are start­ing off by do­ing a sky­dive on July 1.

“These scan­ners are ex­pen­sive but we hope to raise enough no mat­ter how long it takes. We want to name this the Iron Mike Tow­ell scan­ner and at least be able to say some­thing good came from the tragedy.”

Mike died in hos­pi­tal af­ter he was knocked down in the fifth round against Dale Evans in a St An­drew’s Sport­ing Club fight at the Radis­son Blu Ho­tel in Glas­gow.

He was rushed to Glas­gow’s Queen El­iz­a­beth Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal and placed on life sup­port.

Although he fought bravely for 12 hours, Mike died as a re­sult of the in­juries and his life sup­port ma­chine was turned off.

Peo­ple who want to con­trib­ute to Chloe and Tracey’s fundrais­ing ef­fort can visit just­giv­ing. com/crowd­fund­ing/chloe-ross.

Mike Tow­ell pic­tured with his part­ner Chloe, who is fundrais­ing for a brain scan­ner. In­set: “Iron Mike”.

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