Tributes to ‘inspirational’ South Shields boxer Ian Jewitt

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A boxing coach has led the tributes to former club member Mr Jewitt.

Ian was looked upon as a man with a promising career in the ring ahead of him.

Tributes have been pouring in to Ian Jewitt, who died age 56.

Tributes have been pouring in to Ian Jewitt, who died age 56.

He had joined Horsley Hill Boxing Club at the age of 15 and worked his way to gaining the respect of those within the sport.

He had been destined for great things and earned the nickname of the ‘Laughing Assassin’ for his aggressive skill within the ring and happy smiling face. But a medical stopped his career from progressing further when it discovered his skull was too thin.

He bowed out of boxing at the age of 21 but still remained part of the Horsley Hill Boxing Club family, regularly returning to the club to support the younger boxers coming through the ranks.

Even when an accident left him in constant pain and unable to walk without aids he continued to be part of the club.

Coach at the club, Stevie Winter, said: “He worked away a lot but he would always come back and support the shows. He was such a lovely guy who always had a smile on his face.

“He never let anything get him down, he was determined in everything he done.

“I remember after the accident we held a fundraiser for him and everyone took part. He had so much respect from everyone at the club – and to find out he had died so suddenly was a real shock to us all. He will be sadly missed as his support for the club was second to none.”

Kevin Carter, who Mr Jewitt had completed joinery work for, also paid tribute. He said: “Despite his disability he never stopped smiling, and would have put many able-bodied people to shame. He was still climbing about doing work for people and he will be sadly missed. He was such a nice lad.”