Lucy Brown

Boxer Lucy Brown dies in hospital after sparring head injury

An Auckland, New Zealand boxer and mother of two, Lucy Brown, passed away today, August 22, 2018, as a result of injuries sustained during a routine sparring session.

The 31-year old boxer was flown to Auckland City Hospital in a critical condition, after she collapsed after routine sparring at Wellsford Boxing Sport & Fitness Club at Centennial Park on August 18.

Brown suffered a blow to the head and was concussed, but initially felt okay. She went to get some water and began to feel unwell.

Auckland City Police detective senior sergeant Lloyd Schmid said the woman had been on life support for a number of days and died on Wednesday morning at 7.45am.

“Police are not in a position to release her name at this stage and the matter has been referred to the coroner,” he said.

He said, she was airlifted to Auckland City Hospital after feeling unwell and was subsequently put on life support.

According to Australian paper, Townsville Bulletin, Brown was diagnosed with stage three cervical cancer in 2011 and survived.

After her cancer battle, she enrolled at a boxing gym to get fit, which saw her halve her weight from 120 kilograms (kg) to 60kg.

She started boxing seriously in 2014, as part of training for a cancer charity boxing match, and went on to compete at the Golden Gloves tournament in Australia, where she won a silver medal.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to assist the family with costs.