A two-time national champion boxer has died suddenly aged just 19 as tributes poured in from his family and friends.
Jude Moore, who represented England in 2017 at the EUBC Junior European Championships in Romania, passed away on March 17, his family confirmed.
Moore trained at Downend Boxing in Fishponds, Bristol, and was due to fight in Milan this week.
He won his first senior fight against the Polish national champion shortly before his death.
The youngster had recently started training at the Hoddesdon Boxing Academy in Hertfordshire under the management of Sab Leo.
‘He was an absolute star, irreplaceable. Once you met him, you would never forget him,’ Jude’s head coach, Craig Turner, told the BBC.
‘The fact that he came from one of the most deprived wards in Great Britain to do what he did and achieved what he did is nothing short of amazing.
‘He was outstanding at everything he did and we are devastated. He didn’t burn for long, but he burned very brightly for the time he did.’
A GoFundMe page has been created by his Downend coach to support his parents, Mark and Carla, and brothers, Ethan and Beau.
It reads: ‘Jude was a highly talented, supremely fit 19 year old boxer who was tragically taken from us on 17 March 2023.
‘His parents, Mark and Carla, and brothers, Ethan and Beau, currently have no answers as to what happened to this larger-than life character.’
‘RIP Jude Moore – once met, never forgotten. Your donations will be forwarded to the Downend Boxing Club account then onto Jude’s parents.’
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