Willie Limond: Former British champion dies aged 45

Former British and Commonwealth super-lightweight champion Willie Limond has died at the age of 45.

The Scotsman had been in hospital after having a suspected seizure while driving.

The Glaswegian won 42 of his 48 professional fights from 1999 to 2023 – including 13 by knockout – although only three bouts took place after 2016.

Limond was originally a footballer, playing five times for Albion Rovers in the late 1990s.

He held the British super-featherweight, super-lightweight and lightweight titles as well as the Commonwealth light-welterweight, WBU lightweight and IBO Inter-Continental lightweight titles during his boxing career.

In a post on social media, his son Jake said his “dad passed away in the early hours of the morning”.

“He fought on for near enough 10 days. Warrior,” he added on Instagram.

Four of Limond’s six defeats were against fighters who won world titles – Amir Khan, Anthony Crolla, Erik Morales and Ricky Burns.

Limond fought against countryman Ricky Burns in September, with the referee stopping the fight at the end of the eighth round because of excessive blood from his nose.

Limond announced his retirement from the sport afterwards but was set to face Joe Laws in Glasgow on 3 May.

Laws posted on Instagram: “I’m absolutely devastated. Willie just wanted to make a better life for his family.

“Willie my old son, wait for me at the pearly gates – we can get it on. Legends never die.”

Curtis Woodhouse, who was beaten in a British title fight by Limond in 2014, paid tribute to the fighter on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“Absolutely devastated to hear the news of the passing of Willie Limond, a great fighter and a great man. We stayed in touch after our fight and always had a laugh together. Absolutely gutted. Rest In Peace champ,” the Englishman wrote.

One of Limond’s most famous bouts was a Commonwealth lightweight title fight in 2007 against Khan when the Bolton fighter was an unbeaten rising star.

Limond gave the Athens Olympics silver medallist – who went into the fight with nine knockouts from his 12 fights – the toughest test of his professional career, knocking the 20-year-old down before losing by stoppage in the eighth round.

St Andrews Sporting Club – who were scheduled to stage Limond’s fight against Laws posted oon social media: “Everyone at St Andrew’s Sporting Club are shocked and deeply saddened at the loss of our friend, Willie Limond.

“Willie was not only a legend of the sport, but an infectious character who will be greatly missed by us all.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Jake, Drew, Macy and the rest of the Limond family at this time.”

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