The British Boxing Board of Control released the following statement on April 7:
It is with great sadness that the British Boxing Board of Control has learnt of the passing of former Chairman Mr. Leonard “Nipper” Read.
Nipper was a wonderful servant to the British Boxing Board of Control and the Sport of Boxing.
Our condolences to Nipper’s family at this time.
Simon Block, the Honorary Secretary of the Commonwealth Boxing Council, also paid tribute to Leonard 'Nipper' Read, stating: "I am sorry and saddened to learn from BBB of C General Secretary, Robert Smith, of the death in the last 24 hours of former Board of Control Chairman, Leonard ‘Nipper’ Read QPM" Read more...
The World Boxing Council were also quick to pay homage: "The World Boxing Council and its President Mauricio Sulaiman is mourning the passing of Leonard ‘“Nipper” Read.
Leonard was a great contributor to the BBB of C and the WBC. He also had a highly distinguished career in the Metropolitan Police, and brought down the Kray Twins.
The whole organisation joins Leonard's family at the moment, sending deepest sympathy."
Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren also paid tribute: "Frank Warren and everyone at Queensberry Promotions is sad to hear of the passing of former BBBofC Chairman, Leonard ‘Nipper’ Read QPM.
Nipper was a great man and a good friend. RIP."
British Boxing News would like to extend their condolences to Read's family and friends at this difficult time.