The brother of a boxer who died following a match at the weekend has slammed another fighter who appeared to make light of his death on Twitter.
Scott Westgarth tragically died on Sunday morning after being rushed to hospital following his victory over Dec Spellman in Doncaster on Saturday.
But as the boxing world mourned Westgarth, fellow fighter Tyan Booth posted unsavory messages on Twitter.
Boxer Scott Westgarth tragically died following a boxing match in Doncaster on Saturday
Westgarth appeared to be struggling during post-fight interviews following his victory
Booth, a 34-year-old middleweight, wrote: ‘Some people would enjoy it if I got killed in a boxing ring like Scott Westgarth #MANDOWN’
He later added: ‘To those complaining about my tweet about the boxer who got killed recently, I’m boxing myself in 2 weeks and I’ve spent the past 3 months drinking cider and not training properly so there’s a gud [sic] chance I’ll end up in a wheelchair like Gerald McClellan, so tune in #MANDOWN’
His messages caused anger among boxing fans and Mr Westgarth’s family. Mr Westgarth’s brother, Adam, went on Twitter to criticise Booth.
He wrote: ‘You nasty piece of s***, my brother has accomplished more than you ever have and ever will! You take that down or i will take you out. I promise. You don’t deserve to be recognised as a boxer.’
Dominic Ingle, of the Ingle Gym where Booth trains, said he and boxing authorities would take action.
He tweeted: ‘The inappropriate comments tweeted recently by Tyan Booth will be dealt with by the Ingle Gym & BBBofC. He has been asked to remove them.’
Boxer Tyan Booth later posted these offensive tweets, making light of Westgarth’s death and Gerald McClellan, a US boxer who a suffered severe brain injury during a fight in 1995
Booth, 34, is a journeyman fighter from Nottingham who has been boxing since 2005
Westgarth’s brother hit out at Booth online, ordering him to take down the offensive tweets
The row came after Scott Westgarth looked uncomfortable as he was interviewed ringside following his points victory over Dec Spelman. He was later taken to hospital having deteriorated backstage.
The 31-year-old, who had been chasing an English title fight, died in Royal Hallamshire Hospital.
‘God bless Scott Westgarth. To promote a boxing show and a young man doing a job he loves losing his life, I have no words,’ Stefy Bull, Westgarth’s promoter, wrote on social media on Monday.
Spelman also reacted to the news.
‘Absolutely heartbroken and lost for words, all continue to pray for Scott’s family and the people close to him rest easy my friend,’ he said on Twitter.
Westgarth and Spelman pictured circling each other during Saturday’s bout