Boxer Michael Norgrove death: Monica Harris to quit ring

A boxer and close friend of Michael Norgrove - who died on Saturday after collapsing in the ring - has said she will now quit the sport.

Norgrove, 31, died from bleeding on the brain eight days after collapsing at The Ring in Blackfriars, south London.

The Zambian national, based in London, is the first boxer to die after a fight in the UK since bantamweight James Murray in 1995.

Monica Harris, due to fight on Friday, said that bout will be her last.

She said: "I just don't feel it's right to carry on after this.

"It [safety] wasn't something I really worried about before. It wasn't an issue. This has just made it real, what we do when we get in the ring.

"I have a fight on Friday which I've been training for since the beginning of the year, and I'm going to make this my last."

Ms Harris added: "I am going to dedicate my last fight to Michael."

'Always smiling'

Norgrove had been taking part in his first fight after a two-year break from the sport.

The light-middleweight was undefeated and had he beaten Sedgley's Tom Bowen, it would have been a sixth straight win.

He was a sparring partner of boxer James DeGale, who won a gold medal in the Beijing Olympic Games.

Paying tribute to Norgrove, Ms Harris said: "Michael was one of the most amazing people I've ever met.

"He always had a smile on his face and never had a bad word to say about anybody.

"Everybody who knew Michael loved him."

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