Heartbroken dad vows to carry on Braydon's legacy
HEARTBROKEN boxing trainer Brendon Smith has offered his thoughts to the man who defeated his son Braydon in the fight which ultimately cost the 23-year-old his life.
The Toowoomba trainer expressed gratitude on behalf of his family this afternoon in a statement prepared two days after Braydon Smith died in a Brisbane hospital.
He also highlighted the generosity of his eldest son.
"On Tuesday morning at 3am his heart was given to the world, as was his lungs, liver, pancreas and kidneys.
"Because of Brayd, five people received his gift of life.
"This is our son Brayd John William Smith, our hero."
Mr Smith said his son entered the boxing ring on Saturday night proud to be in front of his family, friends and home town.
"I wish to pass on my thoughts to John Vincente Moralde; John is not to blame and I know Brayd will want him to go on and continue his career."
"To Tony Kettlewell, the referee on the night, you are not to blame either.
"Please don't carry any blame on your shoulders.
"Brayd loved you refereeing him. I can say you were his favourite referee."
Mr Smith described his son as perfect.
"The most polite, humble, intelligent, caring gentleman I have ever seen.
"He was the best son, brother, cousin, nephew, grandson, great grandson, boyfriend and friend you could ever wish for."
Mr Smith said his family wanted to thank everyone who had sent their condolences.
"Brayd has left behind a huge hole in our lives.
"We will never forget him, we will keep his legacy alive.
"I will continue to uphold his values in life and can only dream of being half the man he was.
"I will and my family will never get over losing Brayd but we will get through and continue to move forward."
Plans are under way for Braydon's funeral to be held at St Patrick's Cathedral from 2pm on Saturday.
The date and the time are to be confirmed.