A British kickboxing champion has died after collapsing during a fight in Australia.
Mark Fowler who was nicknamed Sharky, was defending his World Boxing Council (WBC) Muay Thai Lightweight title in Sydney.
He collapsed during the fifth round of the fight on Saturday night after sustaining injuries to the head.
The 35-year-old fighter, who had won the title in March, failed to regain consciousness and died in hospital two days later.
New South Wales Sports Minister Graham Annesley has ordered an inquiry into the death which will be investigated by the coroner.
He said: 'I have also instructed the Office of Communities to implement any additional precautions considered necessary to ensure all similar upcoming events fully comply with current legislation and safety requirements.'
In a statement posted on the internet Andrew Parnham, a trainer at Fowler's gym, said: 'Mark was a team mate, a role model, a friend, and a brother to all of us.
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