A rising boxing star lost his life too soon.
Franck Varey, a teenage boxer and holder of multiple national league titles, has died, England Boxing confirmed on Friday 23 July. The British athlete was 16 years old. Varey is believed to have died on Thursday July 22 of an apparent accidental drowning after swimming with friends in a river in Wales, according to TMZ. Citing law enforcement, TMZ reported that his body was eventually found in the water.
“England Boxing was devastated to hear the news of Frank’s death, our coaches in particular having known him very well during his development in boxing,” said the CEO of England Boxing. Gethin Jenkins said in a statement. “He was a very talented boxer, multiple national champion and member of our English organization and Talent Pathway, proudly representing his country at Euros 2019. Although young, he had clearly shown a lot of promise.”
Beyond the ring, Jenkins described Varey as “a very popular character with his fellow boxers and those who trained him, bringing a sense of delight to everything he has done.”