Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rhodes' Sheffield Boxing Centre, Ourselves." Let Good Come from This Death; Loved Ones of Tragic Boxer Campaign for Brain Scanners at Fight Venues

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rhodes' Sheffield Boxing Centre, Ourselves." Let Good Come from This Death; Loved Ones of Tragic Boxer Campaign for Brain Scanners at Fight Venues

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Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON Reporter lisa.hutchinson@ncjmedia.co.uk @lisachron

HE watched boxer Scott Westgarth die after winning a fight - now his brother has launched a campaign to make it law for brain scanners to be at all bouts.

Anguished Adam Westgarth has set up a petition calling for it to be a legal requirement for all boxing venues to have handheld scanners available.

Scott, 31, from Prudhoe, Northumberland, collapsed in the changing room and died soon after beating Dec Spelman in an English title eliminator at The Dome in Doncaster in February.

Now, Adam and his family are determined to protect other fighters when they enter the ring.

Adam, 35, of Stokesley, North Yorkshire, said: "From what I have read about them, the scanners do a 15-minute scan on the boxer's head.

"They send infrared beams into the head and they can detect a bleed - it shows up different on the scan.

"I am not trying to say having a scanner would have changed the outcome for Scott but if there is something we can do to detect something similar then that has to be a good thing."

Scott, who trained at Glyn Rhodes' Sheffield Boxing Centre, worked as a chef at Sheffield Royal Victoria Holiday Inn and had just bought a house with his partner Natalie Kerr.

The former Prudhoe High School pupil was also a fully qualified ski instructor and his points decision victory meant he was due to challenge for the English light-heavyweight title.

Adam launched the campaign online last week and already it has gained over 1,300 signatures.

He added: "The campaign gives us something to focus on. I am trying to do what I can for Scott's legacy and trying to follow the right path and help other people just as he would. "It's just something else to focus on rather than feeling sorry for ourselves."

Scott, who had moved to Penistone near Sheffield saved seven lives through organ donations.

But his parents, John Westgarth and Rebecca Marshall, are determined to stop future deaths. …

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