Dundee artist unveils new painting in tribute to tragic city boxer Mike Towell

John with his painting of Mike Towell

A Dundee artist has unveiled a new painting in tribute to tragic city boxer Mike Towell.

John “Milo” Glen said he was “honoured” to have been commissioned to carry out the work by Mike’s friend, Calum Michie.

And the completed portrait has been given the backing of the late fighter’s family.

Despite being a self-confessed fight fan, John said he wasn’t fully aware of Mike’s career.

But the 29-year-old said he became fascinated with the fighter’s story as the work progressed.

Mike, 25, died in hospital after being knocked down twice in a bout with Dale Evans in Glasgow in September 2016.

It took several days to complete the painting, and John says he attracted plenty of admirers at his shop in the Keiller Centre while he worked on the portrait.

John, 29, said: “Calum came in and asked if I could do the painting for it to take pride of place in his house.

“I didn’t know too much about Mike, but I started learning more about him as I was doing the painting.

“The family gave me their permission and they love it. It means a lot to me that they’re so happy with it.

“People saw me painting this and they were coming in to watch — Mike clearly meant so much to people.

“It was quite an emotional thing for me to work on but I’m just glad that his family and Calum love it.”

Calum said: “I had a really terrible time since Mike died. I still haven’t got over it, but what Milo has done is fantastic.

“I’m absolutely delighted with the finished painting. I’m going to keep it in my room. I’ve got a few bits of memorabilia from his fight.

“The fact that someone has put so much time and effort into this makes it so special.”

A mural in Mike’s memory was also painted on a graffiti wall between Tesco Riverside and Magdalen Green by artist Symon Mathieson in October 2016.