SCOTTISH welterweight Mike Towell is said to be in a ‘critical condition’ in hospital after becoming unwell following his fifth-round stoppage defeat to Dale Evans in Glasgow on Thursday night.

Welshman Evans dropped Towell in the first and fifth rounds before referee Victor Loughlin waved the fight off, but Towell subsequently left the ring on a stretcher.

The 25-year-old was rushed to the city’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where his family and officials from St Andrews Sporting Club, who staged the show, were by his bedside throughout the night.

“All of our thoughts and prayers are with Mike and the Towell family at this very difficult time,” said a spokesman, according to the BBC.

“Mike Towell is in a critical condition in Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth hospital after his fifth-round defeat in the British welterweight title eliminator with Dale Evans at the club last night.

“Club director Iain Wilson and Mike’s manager, Tommy Gilmour, travelled with him in the ambulance after the fight and have been at his bedside through the night with his family.

“We took the immediate decision to suspend last night’s show in the wake of Mike’s contest.”