'Get me up, boss': Trainer tells of boxer's last words
Inquiry into death of Mike Towell shown footage of his final fight.
Boxer Mike Towell's last words to his trainer before he collapsed in the ring were "Get me up off the deck, boss", a fatal accident inquiry heard.
Footage of the fight that showed the moment Towell - known as Iron Mike - was knocked to the ground was played to the court.
One of his trainers, Stevie Graham, told the inquiry he went to the boxer's side immediately and they tried to get him on to a stool but his leg gave way.
The 45-year-old construction company owner was giving evidence for a second day at the probe into the 25-year-old fighter's death at Glasgow Sheriff Court.
Towell, from Dundee, died of a bleed on the brain the day after he lost a bout in the fifth round to Welsh fighter Dale Evans on September 29, 2016.
The welterweight fighter collapsed after his loss to Evans in the British title eliminator at Glasgow's St Andrews Sporting Club.
He was given medical treatment in the ring before being taken to hospital but died 24 hours later on September 30.
Procurator fiscal depute Eileen Beadsworth played the entire footage of the fight to the inquiry.
During the fifth bout Towell was punched and hit the floor but got back up again, and was given a count by the referee.
He carried on for a few seconds before being punched again and fell to the floor for a second time.
Asked what happened then, Mr Graham said: "He was sitting on the floor, I think he was on the canvas.
"They were trying to keep on the canvas because of the nature of the knock-down."
He added: "I think that was his last words - 'Get me up off the deck, boss'."
Mr Graham said as they tried to sit him on a stool, his right leg gave way and he "keeled" off the seat and lay on the floor where medics immediately worked on him.
The inquiry heard Mr Graham is no longer involved in the sport and has closed his gym in Stirling as a result of Towell's death.
He said: "He was a big part of our gym - we had six or seven professional boxers there.
"It's pretty much unheard of, they all chucked it."
The inquiry before Sheriff Principal Craig Turnbull continues.