Harlow boxer Trevor Smith, who fought for British title, passes away
Sport / Tue 5th Dec 2023 at 02:02pm
YH understands that a Harlow boxer, who once fought for the British Welterweight title, has passed away.
Trevor Smith fought “The Gift One” Kirkland Laing for the British Welterweight title at Grosvenor House, London on March 27th 1990.
Smith was 26 at the time and unbeaten but he was outclassed and stopped in the sixth by Laing.
This was no disgrace. Laing was one of the most talented boxers of his generation and in 1982 produced what was judged “upset of the year” by defeating Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran on points.
Harlow Boxing Club’s Paul Allen was a contemporary of Trevor Smith’s and told YH: “He was a classs fighter. He knew how to go for the body and that’s what wore opponents down.
“He never ducked a challenge. His last fight against Chris Peters was described by the referee as a “gruelling war” by the referee.
“May he rest in peace”
Poor old boy hit rock bottom with alcohol issues, may he rest in peace, God bless you Trevor🙏
Such sad news.
Such fond memories of Trevor,when we both lived in Longbanks he used to knock on our door every day on his way home from doing his roadwork,absolutely soaked in sweat dripping all over the front room just wanting to sit and talk boxing for hours.While he is always remembered for the Laing fight his fight for the Southern Area title against Ian John Lewis was one of the best fights I’ve ever seen.Thanks for the memories Trev and always being a lovely lad.
So Sad to hear. Used to spar with Trevor at Blakedale abc Never enjoyed a second of it every punch hurt. Lovely fella RIP Trevor
Fond memories of an old friend, during the 1980s someone I really respected and liked very much. One in particular, an evening at the football club, a group of 4 blokes wanted to have a go at him. One big mouth giving it large, Trevor never reacted to the threats calmly drank his orange juice said goodbye and left. They all followed him, the big mouth attempting to catch him outside from behind. 123 it was over. Trevor stood there confronting them and not saying a word. The others didn’t want to know as they picked there friend up out of the mud very dazed. Trevor Choosing not to make an example of him while laying down is a fine quality. He loved Boxing and hated the dirty side of it. Seeing how he lived his latter half of his life in his bedsit, I always felt quite sad to see. I’m sure all of friends wanted to see him achieve his dreams. I know I did, But that can be price you pay for nearly doing it. My condolences to his daughter and family. Rest in Peace Trevor x