North Delta-raised boxer Adam Braidwood has opened up about the death of opponent Tim Hague.
“Nobody wanted this,” an emotional Braidwood says at the end of a video clip posted to his Twitter account, BraidwoodBoxing, on Monday.
Hague died Sunday, two days after his boxing match with Braidwood, a heavy hitter who repeatedly knocked down Hague in the ring at Edmonton’s Shaw Conference Centre on Friday (June 16). Hague, a school teacher and MMA athlete, was sent to hospital in critical condition, and later died from his injuries.
Rip brother you will live in my heart forever. I will fight for us both now, I know that's what you would have wanted. pic.twitter.com/H682h6rwJu
— Adam Braidwood (@BraidwoodBoxing) June 19, 2017
“I just want everyone to try to help Tim’s family, that’s what this should really be about,” Braidwood says, referring to a GoFundMe page set up to help pay for his funeral and related costs.
In the video, Braidwood thanks people for their words of support.
“It makes a big difference — this is really hard,” said the former pro football player.
“All the theatrics leading up to this, Tim and I were friends and we spoke beforehand. We just wanted to make a beautiful fight for everyone.
“You know it’s one of those things where everybody saw me celebrating but nobody saw me pick up Tim and carry him to the corner and tell him I love him,” adds Braidwood, 33.
— Adam Braidwood (@BraidwoodBoxing) June 20, 2017
The video is posted to Twitter with the words, “Rip brother you will live in my heart forever. I will fight for us both now, I know that’s what you would have wanted.”
A Seaquam Secondary grad, Adam Braidwood played football at Washington State University before being selected by the Edmonton Eskimos with the top pick in the 2006 Canadian Football League draft.
CLICK HERE to watch a CTV News interview with Braidwood recorded on Monday.