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Heavyweight boxer, Tim Haugh died after brutal knockout that saw him sprawling on the canvass after succumbing to internal injuries during boxing bout

Heavyweight boxer, Tim Hague has died after a brutal knockout that saw him sprawling on the canvass.

The former UFC pugilist died after succumbing to internal injuries suffered during a boxing match on Friday.

Hague died in hospital from a brain injury following a brutal knockout during a boxing bout. 

A statement released by Hague's family reads in part:

“It is with incredible sadness, sorrow and heartbreak to report that Tim has passed away today.

“He was surrounded by family, listening to his favourite songs. We will miss him with so greatly. 

“We ask for privacy during this difficult time.”

Hague was known as ‘The Thrashing Machine’ during his relatively unsuccessful stint as a UFC fighter.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria [NAN], he reportedly lost 13 and won 21 fights as a professional MMA star and thereafter moved into boxing a year ago.

Footage of his fight with Adam Braidwood on YouTube shows Hague smash the back of his head into the canvas as he was knocked out.

The knockout came after several previous visits to the canvas.

Canada authorities said they will look into the events surrounding Hague's death, which highlights once again the inherent dangers of combat sport.

Tim Hague passed away on Sunday at the age of 34 after he was beaten by Adam Braidwood in Canada.

The referee in the fight has been criticised for allowing a clearly concussed fighter to take continued battering before he was finally and fatally knocked out.

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