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Boxer dies after fight at Harrow Leisure Centre

Middleweight boxer Sherif Lawal has died after he collapsed in the ring at Harrow Leisure Centre during his professional boxing debut on Sunday, May 12.

The 29-year-old was knocked down in the fourth round of a middleweight bout by his Portuguese opponent, Malam Varela.

Despite receiving treatment from paramedics and being taken to the hospital, he was later pronounced dead.

The British Boxing Board of Control said: “Condolences to the family of Sherif Lawal following his tragic passing.

“The thoughts of all those involved in boxing in Great Britain are with them at this difficult time.”

Warren Boxing Management, who represented Lawal, added: “We would like to send our condolences to all of Sherif’s family, friends, coaches and all those close to him at this tragic time.”

All other scheduled bouts were subsequently cancelled at Harrow Leisure Centre.