Vinny Mitchell funeral

Boxing world pay tribute at funeral of Vinny Mitchell

Published On Wednesday, April 17, 2019By Tim Rickson

Boxing world in mourning at funeral of Vinny Mitchell

Today was the funeral of former pro boxer Vinny Mitchell who died in a road traffic accident in Dagenham on April 1.

As the 31-year-old younger brother of world title challenger Kevin Mitchell was laid to rest, tributes poured in for the popular Essex boxer.

Older brother Kevin said: “What a send off for my legend of a brother Vinny Mitchell you was loved in such a way you’d never know.”

Ex-English champion Ross Minter was at the send-off and said: “What a fantastic send off for Vinny Mitchell today. So good to see so many people there. RIP.”

Former British champion Matt Marsh was also in attendance to pay his respects: "What a beautiful send off for Vinny Mitchell so much love for you Vinny. Gone but not forgotten."

Former world champion Billy Joe Saunders posted on Facebook: “Put to rest today God bless you my friend RIP brother.”

Retired Commonwealth champion John Wayne Hibbert said: “My thoughts are with Kevin Mitchell and family today.”

Vinny won 12 from 13 fights as a pro after a stellar amateur career with West Ham ABC, where he won the ABAs. His sole career defeat was a rematch with John Baguley at Wembley Arena in February 2010. He recorded two knockouts in his 12 wins and won his last fight as a pro on points against Daniel Thorpe at Upton Park in 2015 on the undercard of brother Kevin's world title fight against Michael Katsidis.

His untimely death was on April 1 just one month before his 32nd birthday.