UPDATE: Braydon "The Great White" Smith was farewelled with a ring entrance to the sound of the Jaws theme song at his funeral in St Patrick's Catholic Cathedral yesterday.

Hundreds of mourners wore the bright orange of Mr Smith's boxing robes in the standing-room-only service as they paid their respects to the fighter.

Boxing greats including Mr Smith's idol Michael Katsidis attended the ceremony.

A mannequin of a boxer wearing an orange robe was placed next to the casket on the dais along with boxing photos and posters.

Close friend James O'Shea described Mr Smith the perfect role model who would do anything for his friends.

Mr Smith was remembered as a dedicated sportsman whose achievements were due to his hardworking nature.

"Whether you knew him for 23 minutes or 23 years, you felt like you knew him, he made an impact, he made you comfortable," Mr O'Shea said.

"Brayd treated us like we were special, but it was he who was the special one.

"He wanted to change the perception of boxing, his words were: 'often this sport gets a bad rap in this country and if I can go some way to changing that I'd be a happy man', and Brayd you did that."

Mr Smith's girlfriend Kirstie Nicholls gave an emotional tribute.

Quoting Rocky Balboa from the movie Rocky, she said: "It ain't about how hard you hit, it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward."

She said his humbleness and dedication inspired everyone worldwide.

"We had the best time together and I thank you for being the most amazing man, a wonderful boyfriend and the most inspirational human being."

"You always kept me safe and you brought out the best woman in me.

"You made it your priority to make sure I was happy and smiling at the end of every day.

"You loved it when I laughed and you made me laugh a lot.

"Not a second goes by that I won't miss you."




A photo tribute of Mr Smith's life was showed during the ceremony and pictures of family, friends, boxing and fishing were prominent.

Mr Smith's father and trainer, together with the young boxer's best friends wearing 'The Great White' t-shirts over their suits, carried his casket out of the church to his fight entrance theme song, Shark Syndrome 2.5 by American rapper Lil Bad.

Outside, a piper played Amazing Grace as bright orange balloons were released into overcast skies.

Mr O'Shea said Mr Smith saved five people's lives by becoming an organ donor.

"His heart, liver, pancreas and kidneys were donated to different people."

Mr O'Shea said Mr Smith's family had kicked off a campaign to bring a neurosurgeon to Toowoomba.

"That will be Brayd's legacy and that's what his family is pushing towards."

Mr O'Shea said Mr Smith's family had requested that in lieu of flowers, mourners should "hold tight and get ready to get behind the campaign to bring a surgeon to Toowoomba".

Mr O'Shea said the Smith family weren't the first and wouldn't be the last family to be told "there is nothing more that can be done here in Toowoomba" by doctors, and that they wanted to change that in the future to save lives.

"With injuries of that nature (head injuries) time can be crucial," he said.

SATURDAY 4:46PM: Boxer Braydon Smith has been farewelled by more than a thousand friends and family members who paid their final respects at his funeral today.

Family spokesman James O'Shea said it was a sad occasion, but also a celebration of Mr Smith's life.

"In 23 years he achieved a lot, he was a real role model for people," he said.

"The family would like to thank everyone for their outpouring of support.

"It has been unbelievable, not only from our community, but across Australia and the world."

Gloves have been placed on the Rocky Steps, the entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, and in front of Floyd Mayweather's gym to pay tribute to Mr Smith.

Mr O'Shea said the support had been a huge help to the family during the difficult time.

During the service Mr O'Shea gave a moving tribute to Mr Smith's life.

He gave an outline of his early childhood in Charlton and described him as a "special human being".

Mr Smith's family also gave emotional eulogies of his impact on their lives.

Following the service at St Patrick's Catholic Cathedral dozens of orange balloons were released in his memory.

He will be buried at the Pittsworth Cemetery this afternoon.

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