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Derbyshire amateur teen boxer Eddie Bilbey's death "inexplicable"

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Image caption Eddie Bilbey died when he arrived at the hospital following an amateur boxing fight on Friday

The family of a 17-year-old boxer who died after collapsing in the ring have said it was "inexplicable".

Eddie Bilbey, from Ripley, Derbyshire, died in hospital after competing in an amateur fight at Postmill Centre in South Normanton on Friday.

His step-grandfather, Mike Shinfield, said Eddie's parents were "dazed, confused, distraught" and struggling to come to terms with their loss.

The sport's governing body said it was investigating what happened.

Mr Shinfield, who owns Somercotes Elite Boxing Academy where Eddie was a member, told BBC Radio Derby his step-grandson seemed well in the run up to the fight.

He said Eddie was fit, healthy and there were no concerns relating to his health.

Nottingham Forest Football Club said it "sends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Eddie", who was a fan of the club.

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Image caption Police arrived at Postmill Centre shortly before 22:20 GMT after the teenager collapsed in the ring

Eddie was competing against Tyler Rivers in an East Midlands Youth Welterweight contest ahead of his collapse.

Tyler's coach, Craig Perkins, from Earl Shilton Amateur Boxing Club in Leicester, said: "Eddie came over and shook both coaches' hands.

"When the referee went to raise our lad's hand, Eddie just stumbled forward.

"I have been in boxing 35 years and never seen anyone die."

He said both fighters had undergone medical checks and wore head guards.

The Board of England Boxing, which sanctioned the event, said it was "extremely saddened by this... terrible and shocking incident".

Derbyshire Police said it was not treating the death as suspicious.

A post-mortem examination to determine the cause of his death and formal identification is due to take place.

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