Queensland bóxer Braydon Smith who died in hospital on Monday has donated the gift of life to five people.
This all happened following 23 year old Braydon’s match against 20 year old John Vincent Moralde from the Philippines at Rumours International in Toowoomba, Queensland on Saturday evening. John Moralde won a unanimous decison. Braydon who had been victorious in all of his previous twelve fights, was the first to congratulate his opponent. But half an hour after the fight, he complained of a headache and then collaspsed. He was rushed to the City’s hospital where he was placed in an induced coma, and then airlifted to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.
It was there surrounded by the Family who so loved him, that they had to take the agonizing decisión to switch off the life support system. He would have celebrated his twenty fourth birthday next month.
Typically Brayd, who was also a law student, had previously taken the decison to be an organ doner. His heat, lungs, liver, páncreas and kidneys have already saved five peoples’ lives. Those five people have recieved the so precious gift of life.
Brayd’s grief stricken Father Brendon, who’s a boxing trainer and promoter said: “This is our Son Brayd, John William Smith. Our Hero.”
Tributes to the young man have been pouring in from all over the World. As a sign of respect and mourning in boxing tradition, Floyd Mayweather tenderly placed a pair of boxing gloves in front of his gym in Las Vegas.
From the outset of his Presidency of the World Boxing Council in 1975 and for the next thirty eight years, Jose Sulaiman placed the safety of boxers as THE number one priority.
The WBC led the way to reduce championship fights from fifteen rounds to twelve rounds. The weigh in for fights which used to be on the day of the bout, was moved to 24 hours earlier, to allow boxers the chance to eat, drink and sleep well. But this was still not enough. The WBC has introduced a thirty day weigh in and a seven day weigh in to insure proper graduated weight loss.
The WBC has consistently donated considerable sums of money to UCLA, to help it research and treat brain injuries. Also leading the fight against illegal drugs in boxing and for more stringent testing, to stop unfair advantage and also very considerable heath risks to those persuaded to follow this foolish course.
The WBC constantly holds Referee and Judges Seminars so that they themselves can monitor, assess and constantly improve performance. The WBC’s medical experts are also scrutinizing the design of boxing gloves, to improve their manufacture and eliminate horse hair filling. Gloves are also being marked so that they cannot be reused time and again. Hand wrappings are carefully examined prior to bout, to insure fair play.
These are just some, but not all of the changes, innovations and improvements the World Boxing Council has brought about. The leadership of the World Boxing Council, the World Boxing Association and the International Boxing Federation has held two summits during the past year and more are planned. The avowed aim is the overall improvment of the Sport we so love.
There will never be a point when the WBC can say everything possible has been achieved concerning safety. In the last three decades the number of deaths and serious injuries has been significantly reduced.
But one death or one serious injury, is one too many!
The WBC will carefully study every aspect of the fight between Braydon Smith and John Moralde. We must learn more, we must try better and our aim must be to strive our utmost to avoid one single fatality or serious injury.
The World Boxing Council expresses its deepest sorrow and offers condolences to Braydon’s Family: His Father Brendon, his Mother Kerri as well as his Brothers Tanner and Noah.
Braydon’s Funeral took place at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Toowoomba on Satuday.