A BOXER who died after a fight would have had his licence suspended if the sport’s governing body had known he had suffered seizures, a fatal accident inquiry heard.

Robert Smith, 56, the general secretary of the British Board of Boxing Control (BBBC) said he did not think Mike Towell had been “open and upfront”.

Mr Smith confirmed notes of a medical examination Mike had with a qualified doctor appointed by the BBC in 2014, 2015 and 2016 where he claimed he had not suffered seizures.

The ex-professional boxer said that those involved with Mike who knew of any issues, should have raised them with the board.

He was giving evidence at Glagow Sheriff Court into the inquiry into the 25-year-old fighter’s death.

Mike, 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.

Iron’ Mike, a welterweight fighter, collapsed after his loss to Evans in the British title eliminator at Glasgow’s St Andrews Sporting Club.

The inquiry heard before a boxer’s licence is granted or renewed they must complete an annual medical examination by a qualified and appointed doctor.

No medical information is sought from the boxer’s own doctor unless it is thought necessary and none was ever requested from Mike’s GP.

The first medical was carried out in 2012, not in 2013 and again in 2014 and the subsequent two years.

The inquiry previously heard Mike suffered seizures in 2013.

When asked in the years following during his medical questionnaire if he had suffered from headaches, blackouts or fits and he said he hadn’t.

Procurator fiscal depute Eileen Beadsworth asked: “What would happen if the BBBC had been aware that Mr Towell suffered from seizures? - we have heard evidence in the inquiry about that.”

Mr Smith replied: “We would suspend his licence and make further investigations. At that point we would have to get permission to write to his GP.”

The inquiry continues.