Death of young talent shocks sport
THE boxing community across Queensland is in mourning following the death of a well-respected up-and-coming fighter.
Alex Slade, 18, passed last Saturday after falling into a coma the week before in Mackay.
Slade collapsed during the fourth round of a state titles fight, and according to a ringside spectator, he showed no sign of distress before teetering off his stool.
He lost consciousness and eventually was taken to Townsville Hospital and was in a critical but stable condition all week.
Slade, a member of the Impact Gym in Cooroy, fought several times in Gladstone this year, at the Island Sands and PCYC tournaments.
Island Sands boxing coach Russell Thompson found out Slade had passed away as he prepared his fighters for a tournament in Warwick on Saturday.
“We just wanted to put on a good show and do it for Alex, I told the boys,” Thompson said.
Thompson said Slade was a lovely bloke and a prodigious boxing talent who had stayed with him and his family in the past.
"I just want to pass my and the club's condolences on to his family and Impact's trainer Mark Evans."
PCYC boxing coach Russell Thomas said he'd heard a tragic accident had taken place last week and Slade's passing was a sad loss for the sport.