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Australian boxer Dwight Ritchie 27, collapses and dies during training [VIDEO]

Australian boxer Dwight Ritchie 27

SYDNEY, Australia – Dwight Ritchie, a popular Australian boxer has died in a freak accident after he was punched in the stomach during training.

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The 27-year-old was sparring with Michael Zerafa on Saturday night in Melbourne when the incident occurred. He was said to have taken a body shot before walking to his corner of the ring and then collapsed.

Tim Tszyu and Ritchie (right) battle in the ring at the WBO Global and IBF Australasian super welterweight title fight

Jake Ellis, his promoter and friend announced the tragic news in a heartfelt tribute on Facebook. 

‘It is with great sadness and shock to announce that ‘The Fighting Cowboy’ Dwight Ritchie sadly passed away today doing what he loved,’ the post read. 

‘Dwight will always be remembered by the boxing fraternity as one of the brightest talents in Australia whose fighting style embodied exactly how he lived.

‘RIP Cowboy you’ll be forever missed.’ 

Ritchie pictured at his August match against Tim Tszyu where he was defeated for the second time in his 21-match career

Ritchie was helping Zerafa train for his upcoming rematch with Jeff Horn when the incident occurred, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. 

The Australian boxer who only lost twice in his 21-fight career was also preparing for his light-middleweight fight against Tommy Browne 36, in December.  

Dwight Ritchie, 27, has died in Melbourne during a training session with Michael Zerafa
Fellow boxer Renee Gartner responded to the news over Twitter
Jake Ellis, Ritchie's promoter and friend, took to Facebook to pay tribute and confirm the sad news

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