Aussie Boxer Dwight Ritchie Dies Following Body Shot In Sparring

Dwight Ritchie

Unfortunately, yet another life was taken from the sport of boxing this past weekend in Australia’s Dwight Ritchie.

The 27-year-old was reportedly sparring with WBA Oceania middleweight champion Michael Zerafa until he received a body shot which led him to later collapse. Paramedics were unable to revive him as he was later pronounced dead.

Zerafa — who Ritchie was helping prepare for his rematch with former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn — was understandably devastated:

“There are simply no words to describe how I am feeling right now,” Zerafa wrote in a column. “Dwight was one of the most humble people I have ever met. We had known each other since we were teenagers, when we were just starting out in the sport. And for the past 10 years, Dwight and I had been supporting each other inside, and outside of the ring.

“Yesterday, was an absolute tragedy, and as tough as it is right now for myself, I can only imagine how difficult the past 24 hours has been for Dwight’s family. My heart bleeds for his three children and his beautiful partner. I have spoken to the family, and given my deepest condolences. The boxing community has lost a truly great person, and I have lost a mate.

“I appreciate all the messages of support that I have been receiving from family, friends, media and the boxing community. Dwight’s passing is a further reminder why we can’t take life for granted. Nothing in life is guaranteed … He taught me so much, not just as a boxer but as a person, and I will always be thankful for the lessons Dwight shared with me about life. Dwight, you will always be remembered. Rest in Peace mate.”

Ritchie held a 19-2 record with four no contests in boxing.

A Gofundme campaign is set up to provide financial relief for his family. As it stands, it has reached $34,755 of its $50,000 goal. You can help raise money by clicking here.