Two weeks after the death of New York boxer Patrick Day, boxing returns to mourning, as 27-year-old Australian Dwight Ritchie passed away while sparring with fellow countryman Michael Zefara.
Ritchie's last fight was in the month of August, when he lost to Tim Tszyu, who snatched the super welterweight title from the International Boxing Federation, and had no battle at the door, so I worked in the preparation of Zefara, who on December 18 is scheduled a rematch fight against Jeff Horn.
During training, according to Daily Telegraph and that Infobae replicates, Zafara released a blow to Ritchie's body, who returned to his corner, where he vanished and could no longer be revived.
“It's a great sadness and surprise to have to announce that Dwight ‘Fighting Cowboy’ Ritchie has passed away today doing what he loved ”, the promoter confirmed the news, Jake Ellis. Ritchie was especially recognized for the example of life since childhood, because he defeated cancer twice, first at six months of age and then a year and a half.
Because he left three children, the promoter announced the creation of a foundation to obtain resources to help children.
“As a promoter and friend of Dwight, it is unbearable to have to accept the tragic news that just appeared. Dwight will always be remembered by the boxing fraternity as one of Australia's brightest talents, with a fighting style that evidenced the way he lived. Rest in peace ‘Cowboy’, we will always miss you ”Ellis added.