It is with great sadness and shock that I must announce the death today of Fighting cowboy Dwight Ritchie, having done what he adored, said Australian boxing promoter Jake Ellis on Facebook.
Ritchie, who was boxing in the super-welterweight category (19 wins, 2 dfaites), returned to his corner and then fell as a result of a blow to the body during a training with Zerafa, 27, according to the Sydney's Daily Telegraph. He could not be revived.
Zerafa chose Ritchie to prepare for a new duel with Australian Jeff Horn, former WBO World Welterweight Champion.
Ritchie, nicknamed the Fighting Cowboy, had played his last fight in mid-August, defeated by his compatriot Tim Tszyu on the judges' decision. I'm really saddened by the death of Dwight Ritchie, he raged through his Instagram account.
Ritchie's death comes three and a half weeks after American boxer Patrick Day, who died 27 years ago of a traumatic brain injury suffered in his fight against super-welterweight fellow Charles Conwell Chicago.
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