Willie Limond: Tributes paid after Scottish boxer dies at age of 45

Limond was taken to hospital last month after being found unresponsive

Former British and Commonwealth champion Willie Limond has died at the age of 45, the St Andrew’s Sporting Club has announced.

Limond fell ill last week amid preparations for a fight and a statement from the Scot’s boxing club read: “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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Former opponent Curtis Woodhouse was among those to pay tribute to Limond. Limond beat Woodhouse to retain his Commonwealth light-welterweight title at Glasgow’s Braehead Arena in 2014. Woodhouse posted on X, formerly 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.”

Boxer Willie Limond has died at the age of 45.Boxer Willie Limond has died at the age of 45.
Boxer Willie Limond has died at the age of 45.

Former world champion Alex Arthur and fellow Scot wrote: “I met this funny hyper Glaswegian lad when I was 13 years old, when I seen him box I was blown away at how good he was. We went on to become very good friends and of course ended up fighting each other! It only made us closer friends! Love you Willie ma man.”

Limond had been due to face Joe Laws at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on May 3, but was admitted to Monklands Hospital in a critical condition after being found unresponsive. Laws posted on social media: “I am devastated, listen my old son wait for me at the pearly gates and we can get it on Can all my support and followers just skip that morning coffee and chuck in couple quid give this boxing legend the send off he deserves.”

Limond’s last fight was against fellow Scot and three-time world champion Ricky Burns back in September. He made his professional debut in 1999 and won 42 of his 48 fights – 13 by knock-out – and held the European super-featherweight title, the Commonwealth lightweight title and the British and Commonwealth super-lightweight titles. His most high-profile fights came in 2007 when losing to Amir Khan in 2007 and to Anthony Crolla in 2015.

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