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Boxing pioneer Bunny Sterling dies

PIONEER: Bunny Sterling

THE FIRST Caribbean immigrant to win a British boxing title passed away last weekend. Bunny Sterling died on November aged 70.

Jamaica-born Sterling, who was trained by legendary trainer George Francis, moved to London from the Caribbean with his family at the age of eight and retired from boxing in 1978 after 12 years fighting. He spent much of his life living in North London in Tottenham.

Sterling beat Mark Rowe to win the British middleweight title in 1970 and went on to become European champion in 1976, passed away on Friday after a four-year battle with dementia.

Among the other men that Sterling defeated were a host of boxers that went on to rule the world including Maurice Hope, Luis Rodrigues, Wally Swift,Harry Scott and Kevin Finnegan.

Simon Block, Honorary Secretary of the Commonwealth Boxing Council, passed on his condolences when he told British Boxing News: "It is very saddening to learn of the death of former British, Commonwealth and European middleweight champion, Bunny Sterling, coming as it does only a matter of days after the passing of another outstanding Jamaican ‘Bunny’ – Bunny Grant.

"Any analysis of his record reveals that he should be recognised as one of Jamaica and Britain’s ‘greats’ but during his active years and in retirement his achievements have tended to be undersung in comparison to many of his contemporaries.

"Had he been born 10 years later he may well have won a ‘world’ championship. May this outstanding fighter and man rest in peace."

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