Boxer collapsed, died after Bout

A promising boxer met a tragic death

An Australian pugilist who collapsed after a fight on Saturday, March 14, 2015, has succumbed to death at Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital 2 days after.

Boxer Braydon Smith, 23, aka “The Great White”, from Toowoomba, died attended by a sorrowful family, said James O’Shea, the family spokesman.

Fallen boxer said pleasant words to his foe before his end

After the 10-round bout, Smith congratulates and praises his foe Filipino featherweight John Moralde on his win, then went back to his dressing quarter. He was observed to be alert and responsive, but Smith collapsed about an hour and a half after the bout. He was placed in an induced coma to relieve brain swelling, but died when life support was switched off, according to the report.

Smith graciously conceded his defeat to undefeated Davao City boxer John “Mulawin” Moralde, 20, by a unanimous points decision after the 10-round trading of heavy blows at Rumours International Convention Centre in Queensland, Australia.

Late boxer thinks positively of boxing as good

The fallen boxer was in his “final year of law at the University of Southern Queensland and was the son of prominent Toowoomba boxing trainer and promoter Brendon Smith,” said O’Shea.

Mr O’Shea added by saying that Smith really wanted to change the image of boxing. His big goal in life was to show people boxing isn’t a bad sport. So many people looked up to him, sending messages of condolence on social media to a man described as a “true gentleman” of the boxing fraternity.

Smith’s boxing asset

The late Brayd Smith, with a clean slate, has beaten the following boxers of worth: David Smith, Denprakarn Sithsaithong, Quinton Donahue, Wanpadejseuk Or Benjamad, Phissanuthep Chaiyonggym, Shogo Sakai, Gabriel Altarejos, Erick Diaz Siregar Jose Saez, Jarrett Owen, Cid Edson Bispo Ribeiro, and Anshori Anhar Pitulay. Unfortunately, Smith accepted his defeat by UD to his 13th opponent John Vincent Moralde, who was himself surprised upon learning of Smith’s death, said the report.

The victor and his boxing record

Moralde (12-0, 6KOs) won the vacant WBC ABCO featherweight title by handing Smith (12-1, 10KOs) his first professional defeat with a dominant 10-round performance en route to a unanimous decision. The scorecards were 99-91, 98-92 and 97-93.

Likewise an undefeated featherweight, John Moralde is credited for having vanquished the following foes as listed in his record: Ali Marapao, Jeffry Taganas, Jomar Tumbaga, Ronald Garcia, Jovil Gayhun, Rolando Navarette Jr, Jestoni Makiputin, Roman Canto, Rolando Omela, Ronerex Dalut, Jason Butar Butar, and Brayd Smith.

Tribute

“I wish he will comeback from this,” Moralde told GMA News Online, before Smith’s death. “He is a good fighter and a good man.”Moralde’s manager JC Manangquil was equally shocked about what happened. “My prayers goes to the Smith family,” he said.

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