Family, fans mourn death of boxer Braydon Smith
UPDATE: Toowoomba boxer and law student Braydon Smith, 23, died in a Brisbane hospital this afternoon.
The popular young boxer and law student who collapsed some hours after stepping out of the ring at Rumours International in Toowoomba on Saturday night breathed his last surrounded by family and close friends at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane early this afternoon.
Close family friend James O'Shea had been with Braydon, who would have turned 24 next month, after he collapsed at Toowoomba Hospital before he was airlifted to Brisbane about 4am Sunday.
An emotional Mr O'Shea spoke on behalf of the family just moments after Braydon's death which had devastated his family, his many friends and the close knit local boxing community.
"I know it's a bit of a cliché at times like these to say he had the world at his feet but, you know, Braydon did have the world at his feet," Mr O'Shea said.
"Not just in boxing, but in life.
"That's the hardest part to take because he was just a beautiful human being. He was such a great kid."
Mr O'Shea said his young friend never regained consciousness and died with those closest to him at his bedside.
"One of the guys down there (PA Hospital) said Braydon was used to being in front of big crowds and there was a big crowd at the hospital for him," he said.
Mr O'Shea said Braydon was an organ donor and his organs would go to help others have life.
11AM: Family of Toowoomba boxer Braydon Smith has thanked the boxing community for the outpouring of support as the 23-year-old fights for his life.
Smith collapsed several hours after his 10-round bout with Filipino boxer John Moralde at Rumours International in Toowoomba on Saturday night.
"As of now, there are no new developments," a family representative said.
"Brayd remains in a critical condition surrounded by family and friends.
"We are all hoping and praying for the best.
"The family wishes to thank Toowoomba and the Darling Downs community as well as the many across the world who have sent their well wishes to Brayd and his family.
"It's been overwhelming."
9AM: Toowoomba boxer Braydon Smith remains in a critical condition in a Brisbane hospital.
Family spokesman James O'Shea this morning confirmed the boxer was still on life support in Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital with a suspected head injury.
The 23-year-old collapsed several hours after his 10-round bout with Filipino boxer John Moralde at Rumours International on Saturday night.
SUNDAY: The Toowoomba boxing and sporting community was holding its collective breath yesterday following confirmation champion boxer Braydon Smith is fighting for his life with a suspected head injury.
Smith, 23, collapsed several hours after his 10-round bout with Filipino John Moralde at Rumours International on Saturday night.
He remained on life support this afternoon in Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital with his family at his bedside.
A hospital spokesman said Smith remained in a critical condition at 5pm.
Smith has emerged as a rising star on the Australian boxing scene after making his professional debut in 2011.
He entered the ring on Saturday night with an unbeaten record of 12 wins.
His bout against Moralde was for the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental featherweight championship.
Moralde claimed the title in a torrid encounter with a unanimous points win.
Smith took part in a post-fight ring interview and mixed freely with supporters during the remainder of the fight card.
After falling ill he initially attended Toowoomba Hospital before being flown to Brisbane.