Boxer (29) dies after collapsing in the ring during his first professional bout

In the latest sad news from the world of boxing, Sherif Lawal, a promising middleweight boxer, succumbed after collapsing during his debut professional bout against Malam Varela at Harrow Leisure Centre, London. The incident, which occurred yesterday, saw Lawal lose consciousness following a blow to the temple.

Referee Lee Every, quick to recognize the severity of Lawal’s condition, promptly halted the fight, initiating medical intervention. Despite efforts from ringside doctors and paramedics, including CPR and the use of a defibrillator, Lawal was unable to be revived. He was rushed to Northwick Park Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The cancellation of the remaining matches on the card underscored the gravity of the situation. Witnesses described the scene as “unbelievably sad,” emphasizing the tragic loss of Lawal, who was pursuing his dream in his maiden professional bout.

Lawal’s journey in the boxing world began in 2018, culminating in his professional debut after participating in the National Elite Championships last year. His untimely demise has left a profound impact on the boxing community, with heartfelt tributes pouring in from fellow athletes and stakeholders.

Warren Boxing Management, expressing their condolences, conveyed their sympathies to Lawal’s family, friends, and coaches. Promoter Costakis Evangelou echoed similar sentiments, emphasizing the tragedy’s unprecedented nature and its repercussions on the sport.

Reflecting on Lawal’s passing, fellow boxer Denzel Bentley lamented the loss, highlighting the poignant juxtaposition of personal events during the weekend. Lawal’s death serves as a sobering reminder of the inherent risks associated with the sport of boxing and the importance of prioritizing safety measures.

As the boxing fraternity mourns the loss of one of its own, investigations into the incident are underway, spearheaded by the regulatory authorities. The legacy of Sherif Lawal, though brief, will endure in the memories of those whose lives he touched, both inside and outside the ring.