From their Cardiff headquarters, the British Boxing Board of Control have released the following statement on the passings of Brendan Ingle and Dean Francis.
Trainer Ingle, who famously took Prince Naseem Hamed to the dizzy heights of headlining in the United States, died at the age of 77, whilst former boxer Francis tragically lost his battle with cancer at just 44.
The release read as follows:
The British Boxing Board of Control are deeply saddened by the passing of two well-respected men of our Sport.
Brendan Ingle MBE was a great influence to many young people throughout Boxing and his community and will always be remembered not only for his achievements in Boxing but for his tireless work for charities and the good of the people.
Dean was a great Champion, who unfortunately through injury didn’t reach, what many believed his true status as a World Champion.
His achievements, however, were many and he is a great loss not only to the Sport but to all who knew him.
The British Boxing Board of Control extends its condolences to the Ingle and Francis families at this difficult time.
Ingle and Francis will forever be remembered by the boxing community.