Nigerian boxer dies after first professional fight


London-based Nigerian-British boxer Sherif Lawal has tragically passed away after sustaining a head injury during his professional debut.

The 29-year-old boxer was knocked down by a blow to the head from his Portuguese opponent, Malam Varela, in the fourth round of a scheduled six-round middleweight fight on Sunday at the Harrow Leisure Centre in London, UK.


Paramedics attended to Lawal immediately after the referee waved off the fight, and he was swiftly rushed to the hospital. Despite efforts to save him, Lawal succumbed to his injuries.

The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) expressed their condolences to Lawal’s family, describing his passing as tragic.

“The British Boxing Board of Control sends their condolences to the family of Sherifdeen Lawal following his tragic passing after his Boxing contest on Sunday,” the BBBC posted on social media on Monday.

“The thoughts of all those involved in Boxing in Great Britain are with them at this difficult time.”

Warren Boxing Management also shared their condolences on social media, stating, “We would like to send our condolences to all of Sherif’s family, friends, coaches, and all those close to him at this tragic time.”

Lawal’s untimely death has sent shockwaves through the boxing community, highlighting the inherent risks associated with the sport.



Content by: Kwame Amoh

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