The Queensbury Boxing league has been left devastated after hearing the terrible news that our former British Middleweight champion Lewis Pinto has been found dead in the early hours of Sunday morning. The popular twenty four year old had established himself as one of the biggest attractions on the promotion with his all action style that had won him an army of fans during his time on the shows, but his life was dramatically cut short over the weekend just as he was preparing to make his second professional appearance under the guidance of promoter Micky Helliet on July 6th.
During his time in the league Pinto had made a huge impression on everyone that had come into contact with him, and his death has come as a huge shock to everyone involved with the events.
"Lewis was one of those people in life that would just make you smile regardless of how you were feeling,'commented head of Queensbury promotions Alan Foley.
"He was a lovely guy outside of the ring and a true warrior inside it and his performances always drew the admiration of everyone who was lucky enough to see him box at one of our events. Its hard to make sense of his death as he was young, talented and seemed to be on the cusp of following his dreams of making his mark in the professional ranks, but sadly now we will never know just what he could have gone on to achieve and its hard to believe he's not here anymore"
Queensbury co promoter Ross Minter who worked closely with Lewis Pinto from his very first contest in the league right up until he won the Queensbury British title was also deeply shocked by the tragic turn of events.
" I was lucky enough to work closely with Lewis over the years and build him to become one of our British champions. Lewis was a genuinely honest young man who wore his heart on his sleeve and always showed great respect and that respect was always returned by those people that met him, " Minter remarked.
"I've had so many phone calls and messages from people who knew Lewis and from others who had only ever seen him box saying what a tragedy his death was and how sorry they were to hear the news, and it just shows you how many people out there loved him for who he was and what he brought to the sport and what a big loss his death is to everyone"
The league would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Lewis at this heartbreaking time and the league will pay tribute to Lewis at the next event on June 30th with the traditional ten bells salute at the start of the event.