The family and friends of a teenage champion boxer have paid tribute after he died suddenly.
Jude Moore, 19, who represented England at the EUBC Junior European Championships in Romania, passed away on March 17, his family confirmed.
Moore trained at Downend Boxing in Fishponds, Bristol, and was due to fight in Milan this week.
He won his first senior fight against the Polish national champion shortly before his death.
His coach, Craig Turner, told LBC: ‘He was an absolute star, irreplaceable. Once you met him, you would never forget him.
‘The fact that he came from one of the most deprived wards in Great Britain to do what he did and achieved what he did is nothing short of amazing.’
A GoFundMe page has been created by his Downend coach to support his parents, Mark and Carla, and brothers, Ethan and Beau.
It reads: ‘Jude was a highly talented, supremely fit 19 year old boxer who was tragically taken from us on 17 March 2023.
‘His parents, Mark and Carla, and brothers, Ethan and Beau, currently have no answers as to what happened to this larger-than life character.
‘Whilst nothing anyone can say or do can lessen the sense of loss they and everyone who knew Jude feels, we can show them our love and support with a donation towards the cost of the funeral that should never have to be.
‘RIP Jude Moore – once met, never forgotten. Your donations will be forwarded to the Downend Boxing Club account then onto Jude’s parents.