Boxer's Family Want Funeral To Be 'Celebration'

12 October 2016, 14:38 | Updated: 12 October 2016, 18:59

The family of the boxer who died following a televised bout have asked that his funeral be a "celebration of his life''.

Mike Towell, 25, had to be stretchered from the ring after a fifth-round loss to Dale Evans in a St Andrew's Sporting Club welterweight fight at Glasgow's Radisson Blu Hotel on Thursday September 29.

The young father, from Dundee, was rushed to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, where he was diagnosed with severe bleeding and swelling to his brain. He survived for 12 hours after being removed from life support but died the following night.

His funeral service will be held at St Andrew's Cathedral in his home town of Dundee at 10am on Friday, followed by burial in the city's Birkhill Cemetery.

A statement from the Towell family released on Wednesday, said: "It is the family's hope that everyone who attends the service does so to celebrate Mike's life.

"We will always mourn losing him but we hope everyone takes time to remember the enjoyment and the smiles he brought into their lives.

"As a sign of this we would ask that no-one wears either black or red to the funeral - Mike didn't like the colour red.

"Also we would request that there be no floral tributes; instead there will be a donation at the cathedral that will benefit charities close to the hearts of Mike and the family.''

It was revealed following the boxer's death that he had been complaining of headaches in the run-up to the fight but his management said they were not aware of any complaints.

He had been undefeated going into the bout - which was an eliminator for the British welterweight title - with 11 previous wins and one draw on his professional record.

His death has prompted renewed calls for boxing to be banned by brain injury charity Headway.