Australian boxer Dwight Ritchie died Saturday in Melbourne at the age of 27 after a blow in training while serving as a partner of "sparring" for his compatriot Michael Zerafa, announced his promoter.
"It is with great sadness and shock that I must announce the death today of" Fighting Cowboy "Dwight Ritchie, who died doing what he loved," said Australian boxing promoter Jake. Ellis on Facebook.
Ritchie, who was boxing in the super-welterweight category (19 wins, 2 losses), returned to his corner and collapsed after a body shot during a training session with Zerafa, 27, according to the Sydney's Daily Telegraph. He could not be revived, reports the Australian newspaper.
Zerafa chose Ritchie to prepare for a new duel with Australian Jeff Horn, former WBO world champion in his weight class.
Ritchie, nicknamed "The Fighting Cowboy", had played his last fight in mid-August, beaten by his countryman Tim Tszyu by decision of the judges. "I'm really saddened by the death of Dwight Ritchie," he reacted via his Instagram account.
Ritchie's death comes three and a half weeks later than American boxer Patrick Day, who died at the age of 27 from a traumatic brain injury sustained in his super-welterweight fight against his compatriot Charles Conwell in Chicago.