Scott Marsden, 14, Kickboxing Champ, Dies in Leeds

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Scott Marsden, Kickboxer, Dies After Fight

Scott Marsden collapsed during the English national championships in Leeds. The 14-year-old kickboxer, needed urgent medical attention and was transported to a hospital. His condition was described as critical. Leeds Martial Arts College called the young man a “true champion.” Their statement said, “Our deepest condolences & sympathy go to our friends the Marsdens at this terrible time. Scotty will always be in our hearts & our thoughts & we miss you clearly. A true champion in every way whose energy & positivity affected everyone he met. Rest now Scotty lad.”

Scott Marsden Not Only a Kickboxer

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Charlotte Rowlett set up a JustGiving page to raise money for Scott’s family. She said, “Everything Scotty did he did with passion and a confidence that was a pleasure to behold. He was the most wonderful, talented boy and the loss of him will leave a hole in so many people’s lives. Scott was not only a kickboxer though, he is a son, a brother, a grandson, a nephew, a cousin and a friend.” The fundraising page also added, “Our lovely Scotty, who suffered and injury on Saturday night whilst doing the thing he loved, kickboxing, sadly never recovered and took his final bow surrounded by his family and people who love him in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday).”

Scott had been kickboxing since he was four-years-old. He was a student at Forge Valley secondary school in Sheffield.

The English title fight was stopped when the referee stepped in to protect Scott. His quick reaction meant that the boy did not hit the canvas and was laid down and straight into recovery position. Police are investigating the circumstances of his death, but have said they are not treating it as suspicious.

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