Mourners packed the road outside the Torfaen Warriors amateur boxing gym in Cwmbran this afternoon for the funeral of Shane Thomas.
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Pastor John Funnell, the club’s pastor, led a service outside the club in Grange Industrial Estate in memory of the 22-year-old former champion boxer who died in a car crash.
Shane joined the club at the age of nine and went on to win many titles.
Pastor Funnell said on behalf of Simon Weaver, the club coach:
“He achieved great awards in boxing but it was the way he was always smiling, lauging and joking that I will never ever forget. Always keen to help newcomers, a big part of our gym has been ripped away from us all. All I can say is God, you have gained one hell of a champion.”
Paster John thanked the club’s coaches on behalf of Shane’s family and said the family wanted Shane to say “one last goodbye to the place.”
He said: “All these kids aspire to be like Shane, and through them his memory will live on.”
A light aircraft circled the sky above with trailing a RIP Shane message. The service and mourners then went on to Llwyncelyn Cemetery.