Boxer's family still waiting

THE family of a young Queensland boxer who died in the ring in 2010 will have to wait until next year for answers, with the coroner holding off on a decision as to whether to hold an inquest into the tragedy.

Alex Slade was just 18 when he died a week after collapsing at the end of an amateur bout in Mackay. He was transferred to Townsville Base Hospital but doctors were unable to save his life.

Police investigated the death and have since handed their findings to coroner Kevin Priestly, who is reviewing the matter before deciding whether an inquest is warranted.

Slade was the first amateur boxer to die in Australia since Athol Ahearn, who died in Sydney Hospital after a tournament in Lidcombe in 1946.

A series of stories revealed an epidemic of buck-passing and confusion among Queensland's splintered amateur boxing bodies, none of whom could even decide which organisation Slade was boxing under in his final bout.


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