Boxer who was in critical condition after fight is dead, family says

Tim Hague

Jackie Neil, Hague's sister, told SportsNet.ca that her brother was still in critical condition as of Saturday night.

"He was surrounded by family, listening to his favourite songs".

Tim Hague suffered a brain injury after he was knocked out by opponent and former Edmonton Eskimos player, Adam Braidwood, during a KO Boxing event at the Shaw Conference Centre.

"Following the news that boxer Tim Hague is in critical condition following a professional boxing match on Friday, June 16, 2017, we have extended the request for reports to all referees, ringside judges, physicians, chief inspector, paymaster and the presiding inspectors assigned to the bout".

The tragedy has happened only a months before Conor McGregor swaps UFC for boxing when he fights Floyd Mayweather.

"He was so strong, a fighter right to the very end".

Braidwood knocked Hague down several times in the fight, video footage of the fight shows. "It's all still surreal right now", the family said.

The 34-year-old was rushed to Royal Alexandra hospital in Edmonton where he had to have surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.

"Nobody wants to see something like this happen".

Hague's mixed martial arts career began in 2006 where he held the King of the Cage Canada's heavyweight title.

Hague, who fights out of Edmonton, also fought in the UFC. In 2016 he made the move to boxing.

Braidwood is now ranked first in heavyweight boxing in western Canada and is ranked ninth overall with KO boxing. But at the UFC's second "Fight for the Troops" show in January 2011, he was stopped by Matt Mitrione with a first-round TKO.

The commission that oversees boxing in Alberta has declined to comment.

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