First an­niver­sary of ‘Iron’ Mike’s tragic death

ONE YEAR ON: Trib­utes paid as cam­paign for vi­tal brain scan­ners con­tin­ues

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS - Jamie mil­li­gan jmil­li­gan@the­courier.co.uk

Trib­utes have been paid to fallen Dundee boxer “Iron” Mike Tow­ell one year on from his tragic death.

The boxer died last Septem­ber fol­low­ing a fight in Glas­gow with Welsh­man Dale Evans.

His fu­neral was at­tended by hun­dreds of mourn­ers, who filled Dundee’s St An­drew’s Cathe­dral to pay their last re­spects to the 25-year-old.

Since his death, Mike’s part­ner, Chloe Ross, has cam­paigned tire­lessly to raise funds to help pur­chase a pair of brain scan­ners to help care for box­ers in Dundee and Stir­ling.

And the box­ing world paused re­mem­ber their fel­low com­peti­tor.

Leg­end Ricky Hat­ton took to Twit­ter to pay trib­ute.

The former world cham­pion fighter said yes­ter­day: “One year ago to­mor­row this young man lost his life in the ring. Not for­got­ten. RIP young man.”

Mike’s fi­nal op­po­nent, Dale Evans, said his thoughts are with the Tow­ell fam­ily. to

He said: “One year ago to­day, my­self and this man were just try­ing to earn a liv­ing and chase our dreams. Think­ing of all loved ones al­ways.”

Fam­ily, friends and fans changed their so­cial me­dia pro­file pic­ture to a shot of Mike to mark the an­niver­sary.

It’s un­der­stood an in­ves­ti­ga­tion is cur­rently be­ing held into Mike’s death.

It has also been an­nounced that a fa­tal ac­ci­dent in­quiry will be held.

Mean­while, ef­forts to im­prove safety for lo­cal box­ers have raised more than £23,000.

Chloe said only £1,000 was now needed to reach the lat­est fundrais­ing goal.

Ms Ross said she couldn’t have achieved this “with­out the help of all the gen­er­ous peo­ple in this world”.

The £12,000 brain scan­ner de­vices The Iron Mike Tow­ell Fund is striv­ing to pur­chase can spot pos­si­ble brain trauma at an early stage.

A three minute-long pro­ce­dure emits in­frared light into the head from eight dif­fer­ent points.

It is hoped the scan­ners will pre­vent box­ers from sus­tain­ing per­ma­nent brain dam­age by iden­ti­fy­ing trauma at an early stage.

The de­vices can de­tect dam­age dur­ing the so-called “golden hour” – the 60 min­utes af­ter a head in­jury where pre­hos­pi­tal as­sess­ment is crit­i­cal to the fu­ture neu­ro­log­i­cal health of a pa­tient.

Do­na­tions can be made at just­giv­ing. com/crowd­fund­ing/chloe-ross.

‘Iron’ Mike Tow­ell died a year ago fol­low­ing a fight in Glas­gow with Welsh­man Dale Evans.

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