Boxer’s fears

But fighter op­poses ban

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

A Cam­bus­lang boxer has called for bet­ter safety checks for fight­ers af­ter the tragic death of Mike Towell at the week­end.

But Jor­dan McCorry, who was in­volved in a bout less than 24 hours af­ter Towell’s death, said calls for a ban on the sport are wrong.

A Cam­bus­lang boxer has called for bet­ter safety checks for fight­ers af­ter the tragic death of Mike Towell at the week­end.

But Jor­dan McCorry said calls for a ban on the sport were wrong.

Towell, 25, had to be stretchered from the ring af­ter a fifth-round loss to Dale Evans in a St An­drew’s Sport­ing Club fight at Glas­gow’s Radis­son Blu Ho­tel on Thurs­day night.

He was rushed to Queen El­iz­a­beth Univer­sity Hospi­tal by am­bu­lance ac­com­pa­nied by his p ro mo t e r, Tommy Gil­mour.

How­ever, he passed away on Fri­day night.

It has since been re­vealed the Dundee ath­lete had stopped spar­ring due to headaches in the lead up to the fight.

For­mer Trinity pupil Jor­dan, 25, ad­mit­ted the death has left him stunned, but he said fight­ers know the risks be­fore they en­ter the ring.

He told the Re­former: “What hap­pened to Mike is ter­ri­ble.

“Ev­ery­one knows the risk in­volved and you can get hit in the head, but I don’t think it should be banned. We know the risks be­fore we en­ter the ring. “Maybe there should be more reg­u­lar checks af­ter we fight.

“It’s been hard to take, it’s a real shock.”

Jor­dan won his 10th bout as a pro­fes­sional less than 24 hours af­ter Towell died when he de­feated Qasim Hus­sain at Bel­la­hous­ton Sports Cen­tre on Satur­day night.

He added: “I knew of Mike and had met him be­fore but I didn’t know him well.

“Box­ing is like a fam­ily, ev­ery­one comes to­gether and I just want to say to his fam­ily that ev­ery­one is look­ing out for them.

“He was only a young man, he had a wee kid, it’s re­ally sad.”

Safety Jor­dan McCorry

Tragic Mike Towell

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