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Scott Westgarth's death 'so sad' for his family and British boxing - Anthony Crolla

Scott Westgarth's death 'so sad' for his family and British boxing - Anthony Crolla
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Scott Westgarth was fighting in his 10th bout
Scott Westgarth's death is "so sad" for both his family and British boxing, says ex-world champion Anthony Crolla.

Westgarth died in hospital at the age of 31 after falling ill following his victory over fellow Englishman Dec Spelman in Doncaster on Saturday.

The rest of the programme, which was headlined by former footballer Curtis Woodhouse, was cancelled.

Woodhouse, who was due to fight in a Commonwealth title eliminator, has said he may not box again.

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Crolla is a former WBA lightweight world champion who has fought 41 times as a professional.

The 31-year-old said he struggled after ending the career of Kieran Farrell, who needed surgery after their fight in December 2012.

"It affected me deeply," the Mancunian told BBC Radio 5 live.

"My trainer and team around me thought for a while I had lost that spark, that nastiness to my work. I didn't realise at the time, but when I look back I probably did.

"You just never think it's going to be you, but it highlights the dangers of boxing.

"It's a sad, sad time for British boxing, for all of Scott's family, for his opponent, and anyone around him."

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