"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 Welterweight Champion.
Ritchie, nicknamed "The Fighting Cowboy", had played his last fight in mid-August, beaten by his compatriot Tim Tszyu on 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 after 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.