British Boxer Suspended For 'Inappropriate' Comments Over Scott Westgrath's Death

British super-middleweight Tyan Booth has had his boxing license suspended for comments he made on social media following the death of Scott Westgrath.

Westgrath, a 31-year-old British heavyweight, died at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital following his points win over Dec Spelman in Doncaster on Saturday (February 24).

Booth said he was due to fight in two weeks, having been inactive since the summer of 2017, but has had his boxing license suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC).

He wrote on Twitter: "Some people would enjoy it if I got killed in a boxing ring like Scott Westgarth. Man down."

The 34-year-old's comments saw him receive criticism across the social media platform, and he responded by saying he has "spent the past three months drinking cider and not training properly."

Booth also referenced Gerald McClellan, the boxer who was left disabled with a severe brain injury after his fight with Nigel Benn in 1995.

He wrote: "There's a good chance I'll end up in a wheelchair like Gerald McClellan, so tune in."

Tyan Booth and Gregorsz Proksa
Tyan Booth, left, and Gregorsz Proksa at York Hall, London, February 12, 2010. Booth has had his boxing licence suspended because of comments over Scott Westgrath's death. Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty

Booth's trainer Dominic Ingle said the boxer's words would be dealt with by his gym.

"The inappropriate comments tweeted recently by Tyan Booth will be dealt with by the Ingle Gym & BBBofC. He has been asked to remove them," Ingle wrote on Twitter.

As of Wednesday morning, the tweets remained published on Booth's account.

Westgrath's death this week was the first in professional boxing since Canada's Tim Hague died two days after a fight last June. A year earlier, Scotland's Mike Towell died from a brain injury.

British boxing chief Robert Smith described the death as a "disaster" but said it was impossible to make the sport 100 percent safe.

"It's terrible for the sport and terrible for the family and we send our condolences to Scott's family," Smith told Reuters.

"We are one of the most forward-thinking commissions in the world regarding medical aspects. Some people don't like us because they say we are too strict.

"This is a tough tough sport and we try to make it as safe as possible but you can't make it 100 percent safe."

Spelman, the other boxer involved in the fight, said he was "absolutely heartbroken" and was praying for Westgrath's family.