14-Year Old Kickboxer Dies After Collapsing in National Championship Fight
Scott Marsden, a 14-year-old kickboxer, has died after collapsing during a national championship fight in Leeds, England, on Saturday.
BBC News reported Tuesday the West Yorkshire Police were looking into the situation but were not currently treating his death as suspicious.
Marsden’s All Styles Kickboxing posted a message on Facebook early Sunday about the incident:
The post reads:
“All our prayers and thoughts go out to the Marsden family.
Unfortunately, last nights English title fight had to be stopped due to Scotty needing immediate medical attention.
As this is a sensitive time for the Marsden family I’m sure you will all respect they need space to deal with what has happened and we all wish Scott a speedy recovery
There was no way to forsee The fight ending in such a way as at no point were either ever in any overwhelming danger from each other
The cards showed only 1 point between them in a very close shot for shot fight which could have gone either way on the score cards
Everyone is still in shock as there were simply no signs to suggest the fight needed to be stopped
The referee stepped in to protect Scott as soon as he could which meant Scott did not hit the canvas and was laid down and straight into recovery position
Scott was then taken to hospital to under go tests and scans where is is stable but not out of the woods
Please be respectful towards the Marsden family at this difficult time for them.
I was hesitant to post anything out of respect for the family but i also owe it to them to ensure people give them space but above all prayers for Scott”
A fundraiser has been setup to support the young competitor’s family.
Exactly what caused the medical emergency, and whether it was related to an underlying medical issue, isn’t yet known.