Tribute to Blackpool’s “future world champion” boxer Frank Varey, 16, deceased


Sincere tributes have been paid to one of Lancashire’s ‘future world champion’ boxers Frank Varey after his death this week at just 16 years old.

Varey, who had been a member of Sharpstyle ABC in Blackpool, is believed to have died on Thursday 22 July.

The 16-year-old was one of the brightest talents in British boxing, winning five national championships and six international titles as a youth.

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Most recently he represented England at the 2019 European Junior Championships in Galati, Romania.

Since his death, world champion boxer Tyson Fury has paid tribute to the young star.

Fury, a resident of Morecambe, said: “RIP Frank. Was a future world champion.”

England Boxing, the national governing body of amateur boxing in England, described Varey as an “absolute living set”.

England Talent coach John Stubbs said: “Frank was a larger than life character.

“I never met anyone who could lose a hotel key 27 times in the first two days of the trip, or someone with the pre-fight ritual he had.

“No boy should be killed at 16. It is a sad day for the boxing community and my thoughts are with great Frank and his family.”

England Talent coach Shiney Singh added: “Absolutely heartbroken, even as I write this. The absolute bundle of life that Frank Varey took from us.

“Just yesterday he was in the gym looking for a million bucks and there was no doubt in my mind that he was going to crush the selections for Euro. He was the life of the gym and he has illuminated the room.

“There was no doubt in my mind that he was going to do great things and in such a short time he had such a great impact and will be sorely missed.”

Holy Trinity ABC in Belfast, Northern Ireland, posted: “We are all very saddened to learn of the passing of the very talented Frank Varey of Sharpstyle Boxing Club.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Varey family and friends during these terrible times.

“Champion RIP.”

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