Amateur boxer Stephen McMullan is in intensive care after he fell ill following his Ulster Senior Elite bout last week.
The heavyweight was defeated in the final of the Ulster elites on Thursday.
The Newington ABC-Past Quinn Boxing gym member fell ill in the wake of the fight and an Irish Athletic Boxing Association statement confirmed that he was in good condition when he left the ring after the bout.
“Unfortunately, Stephen fell ill at home, and was admitted to the Royal Victoria Hospital on Friday, December 10. IABA understand he is in a serious but stable condition.
“Ulster Boxing Council is in on-going contact with Stephen’s family. IABA and the Ulster Boxing Council will continue to provide support to Stephen, his family and his club during this period. Stephen remains in the thoughts of the IABA and every member of Ireland’s boxing family,” the statement read.
McMullan’s sister Claire posted on Facebook: “It’s gonna be a long road to recovery for him, he’s got the best team helping him in the Royal ICU and all family and friends.
“The support means so much and the prayers are amazing. I truly believe they’re helping, thanks for al the messages guys, we do see them.”