Aussie boxer dies aged 27

Australian boxing fans are mourning the loss of Indigenous boxer Dwight Ritchie, who died during a sparring session with Michael Zerafa in Melbourne on Saturday.

The 27-year-old reportedly took a body shot, walked back to his corner and collapsed. He could not be revived.

The former Australian middleweight champion most recently fought Tim Tszyu, going down for his second defeat of his career.

He was also preparing for his next fight against Tommy Browne on the undercard of Tszyu's December 6 fight against Jack Brubaker in Sydney.

Ritchie's promoter Jake Ellis confirmed the news on social media: "It is with great sadness and shock to announce that the fighting cowboy Dwight Ritchie sadly passed away today doing what he loved.

"As Dwight's promoter and friend it's unbearable to accept the tragic news that's just surfaced.

"Dwight will always be remembered by the boxing fraternity as one of the brightest talents in Australia who's fighting style embodied exactly how he lived.

"RIP Cowboy you'll be forever missed"


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