Dwight Ritchie is 27 years old from Australia. He is an Australia Boxer who died in a freak training accident while sparring Michael Zerefa. According to Foxsports, he collapsed after a session with Zerafa, who is preparing for his re-match with Jeff Horn after winning the Battle of Bendigo, in Melbourne on Saturday.
The Daily Telegraph broke the news and said Ritchie took a body shot, walked back to his corner and collapsed. He could not be revived. Ritchie was previously an Australian middleweight champion and hit the headlines when he fought Tim Tszyu in August, losing a decision that was only his second loss in a 21-fight career.
Ritchie’s promoter Jake Ellis confirmed the tragic news on Facebook, writing: “It is with great sadness and shock to announce that the fighting cowboy Dwight Ritchie sadly passed away today doing what he loved. Ben Damon tweeted “Confirming the heartbreaking news that Australian boxer Dwight Ritchie has today passed away after a freak training accident. He was 27. RIP Cowboy.”
At the origin of this sad news, Australian newspapers briefly recounted the scene. Touched in the chest, Dwight Ritchie returned to his corner and collapsed. Despite the administration of first aid, he could never be revived.
Several boxing promoters have already pledged to help the loved ones of Dwight Ritchie, his girlfriend, and his three children, and an online prize pool has already reached more than five thousand dollars in donations.
Ritchie, who grew up in Shepparton in country Victoria, battled cancer when he was six months old and again at 18 months. Dwight Ritchie has Instagram follower on 1.65k plus follower on Instagram. His last Instagram post was on October 31, 2019 he wrote “Doing the work to make sure I’m ready come December 6th.”
Earlier, on May 3, 2019 he shared picture and wrote “Boxing has brought me many things but none more meaningful than connecting with family. 2014 I was sitting on a bus in Brisbane going to weigh in and I met a fulla named David Galvin who was also fighting the next night. He asked who my dad was and when I told him he goes true brother, your little brother @cbee97 is my nephew I told sorry I dunno who that is, so he pulled out his phone and called him up.. now 5 years on bruz we finally meet up and it’s like we known each other forever. Thanks for making the trip down to my fight brother love ya and safe trip home.”
Later, on April 29 he wrote “The past 18 months have seen some huge changes in my life, from moving back home to new people in my team. Since being back home I’ve been overwhelmed by the local love and support from businesses and people in the community it makes me really proud to be from Shepparton! It was deadly to be back in the ring on Saturday night and put everything we’ve been working on over the last 6 months to use. I’m continuing to learn new things all the time about my body and how to get the best out of it. I want to give all glory and honour to god for blessing me and thank my team Andrew Woodall, @morgz_32 and @trema1 for their tireless work through camp day in and day out to get me in the best shape of my life! Thanks to @mjaltamura for doing what he does best and getting me the fight and Tai who played a massive part in all of it as well. Shout out to @killzy_87 and the team at @hardknoxboxing for letting me train out of their gym. A huge thank you to my sponsors Brett Warburton and CivilMart, @pic_pic_pickle from Platinum Painting, Anthony from ADA Australia, Butch from BPC plumbing, Troy at @viptlifestyle , @jonsepalmer from Sinclair and Rooney painters and decorators, nudge from perfect circle and @everlastaustralia without you all behind me it would be impossible for me to do what I love and I’m truly thankful for your faith in me. Last but not least thank you to everyone that came along and sent through messages.”