Caribbean boxer Guisseppi dead

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:05 IST

Fitzroy Guisseppi, one of the Caribbean's leading boxers during the 1960s and 70s, died from an apparent heart attack.

Caribbean boxer Guisseppi dead

Kingston, Jamaica:

Fitzroy Guisseppi, one of the Caribbean's leading boxers during the 1960s and 70s, died from an apparent heart attack. He was 55. The Trinidadian boxer, who recently worked as a coach, had been cheering on his fighter at a 10-bout card Saturday in St. Catherine parish he collapsed ringside, said Leroy Brown, president of the Jamaica Boxing Board. He was taken to nearby Spanish Town Hospital, where he died, Brown said yesterday. Guisseppi was born in Marabela, Trinidad, but fought and worked as a coach in Haiti until about 10 years ago, when he moved to Jamaica. He was the lightweight champion of Trinidad and junior welterweight champion of Belize. In 1979, he fought for the World Boxing Council's junior welterweight title, but lost a split decision to Sang Hyun Kim of South Korea. Guisseppi's professional career ended in 1985 with a welterweight bout against Michael Bradley of the United States in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He accompanied Jamaican boxing teams to the Central American and Caribbean Games, and was a trainer at the Stanley Couch Gym in Kingston. He is survived by a son. (AP)



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