British boxer Sherif Lawal, 29, dies after collapsing during pro debut


British middleweight boxer Sherif Lawal died on Sunday after collapsing during his professional debut.

Organizers of the fight announced his death, which came after the 29-year-old was shot in the temple in the fourth round by his opponent, Malam Varela, at the Harrow Leisure Center in London.

“Unfortunately, during Sherif’s fight he collapsed and despite the best efforts of paramedics, he was later pronounced dead,” promoters Warren Boxing Management said in a statement via Reuters.

“Warren Boxing Management would like to extend its condolences to all of Sherif’s family, friends, coaches and loved ones at this tragic time.”

The British Boxing Board of Control added: “The thoughts of everyone involved in boxing in Britain are with them at this difficult time. »

The fight between Lawal and Varela was the first scheduled for Sunday.

They were scheduled to go six rounds in their fight.

British middleweight boxer Sherif Lawal died on Sunday during his professional debut. @almightysherifdeen/Instagram

It’s a sad truth: deaths in a boxing ring are not uncommon.

In 2019, New York native Patrick Day died after being injured during a 2019 game in Chicago.

Day lost consciousness during the 10th round of his fight and fell into a coma following brain surgery.

However, he would never regain consciousness.

Lawal was hit in the temple in the fourth round during his fight. Warren Boxing Management
Chérif Lawal died at the age of 29. @stpancrasabc/Instagram

Charles Conwell, an Olympic boxer whom Day faced, said he “shed so many tears because I couldn’t imagine what my family and friends would feel” in an open letter to Day and his loved ones as he was in a coma.

No additional details about Lawal’s death have been released.

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