Australian trainer Brendon Smith posted a short message on his gym’s Facebook page as the father of tragic Brayd Smith comes to terms with the terrible loss of his son.
Featherweight Braydon, 23, lost his life two days after losing a wide decision to John Vincent Moralde at Rumours International in Toowoomba – with his trainer and mentor father, along with the rest of his family by his bedside as his life support was turned off.
There has been an outpouring of grief for the young fighter, who seemed fine in the immediate aftermath of the contest, although things took a turn for the worst around 90 minutes later when Brayd collapsed and never regained consciousness.
Brendon, who trained Michael Katsidis to the Las Vegas heights at the lightweight limit, gave a short heartfelt message just before an announcement was made that his usually bustling Queensland gym would be closed until further notice.
“Yes, my son’s heart was big enough to give to the world and he did just that at 3am this morning,” said Brendon before adding: “Helping people to the very end. We love you Brayd!”
Since the death of ‘The Great White’ on Monday, there has been support in some quarters of Australia for a complete ban of the sport down under, whilst a remembrance campaign similar to that of late cricketer Phillip Hughes has been ongoing using the hashtag #hangyourglovesout.