Boxing world in mourning following shock death of Sherifdeen Lawal

29-year-old Sherifdeen Lawal tragically lost his life after taking a shot in the temple.

Lawal was the first fight on the ‘Clash of the Titans’ bill on the Sunday May 12 event at the Harrow Leisure Centre in London.

Sherif was up against Portugese-born, Manchester-based Malam Varela in his professional debut.

Lawal was hurt at the end of round three, then took a right hand to the temple in the fourth round. Referee Lee Every started a 10-count only to immediately wave it off after realising just how hurt Lawal was.

Doctors worked on him for 20 minutes, including the use of CPR and defibrillator.

The promoter of the event, Costakis Evangelou MBE, whose son Chris was a professional boxer, told The Sun, “This was a tragic incident, and my profound sympathies go out to Sherif’s family.

“It’s a difficult time for everyone involved in the boxing fraternity and we’re trying to absorb what’s happened. No one wants to see something like this in any sport.


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