By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Professional boxer Dwight Ritchie has died. He was 27.
According to multiple reports, he was injured in a freak accident. He was sparring with Michael Zerefa when he collapsed after a session.
The Daily Telegraph reported that Ritchie took a body shot from Zerefa. The report then says, Ritchie walked to his corner, then collapsed.
“Dwight will always be remembered by the boxing fraternity as one of the brightest talents in Australia, who’s fighting-style embodied exactly how he lived,” promoter Jake Ellis said. “RIP Cowboy you’ll be forever missed.
The Shepparton, Victoria, Australia native was 19-2. His first four professional fights were ruled no contests, according to BoxRec.
Ritchie lost his last fight to Tim Tszyu in August. He lost the bout at the ICC Exhibition Centre in Sydney, Australia by unanimous decision.
All but two of his fights came in Australia. Both of his 2016 bouts came in Japan.
He defeated Hikaru Nishida on June 7, 2016 by at the Korakeun Hall for the OPBF Middleweight title. He then lost that belt in November 2016 when he was defeated by Koki Tyson in a unanimous decision loss at Sumiyoshi SportsCenter in Osaka, Japan.
The last win in Ritchie’s professional career came in April 2019. He defeated Jung Hoon Yang by a unanimous decision in Whitehorse Club, East Burwood, Australia.