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Boxer Sherif Lawal Dead At 29 After Collapsing In Professional Debut



Sherif Lawal from Xavier Celestino twitter

Middleweight boxer Sherif Lawal passed away this week at the age of 29 after collapsing during his professional boxing debut following a blow to the temple.

Immediately after Sherif collapsed, paramedics rushed to assist him. Unfortunately, despite the efforts of the paramedics, Sherif was later pronounced dead after being transported to a local hospital.

The rest of the event was canceled.

Lawal’s fight against Portuguese opponent Malam Varela was the first match of the event, and the following fights were canceled after Lawal suffered the fatal injury.


The British Boxing Board of Control released a statement following Lawal’s tragic passing.

“Last night, Sherif Lawal was making his debut at a show at Harrow Leisure Centre, in which our boxer Courtney Bennett was scheduled to fight,” the statement said.

“Unfortunately during Sherif’s fight, he collapsed and despite the best efforts of the paramedics, he was later pronounced dead.”

Concluding the statement, Warren Boxing Management offered their condolences to Lawal’s “family, friends, coaches and all those close to him at this tragic time.”


Fans of Lawal and the sport have taken to social media to share tributes to Sherif.

Rest in Peace!


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