Olympic boxer Darren Sutherland found dead at home

Olympic boxer Darren Sutherland found dead at home

Darren SutherlandFrank Maloney, his manager, discovered the body of the fighter on Monday and was so unnerved he was admitted to a hospital. Tests revealed that the 55-year-old manager had recently had a heart attack.
Maloney, a former manager of world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, remained in the hospital but doctors were allowing him to work on his laptop. He is expected to be there for a few days.

Sutherland was unbeaten in his first four pro fights and was to have appeared with Maloney at a news conference on Tuesday to talk about his next bout on October 16.

The Metropolitan Police said Sutherland was pronounced dead in the mid-afternoon. Police said his death was not being treated as suspicious, a suggestion that no one else was involved.

The Metropolitan Police said Sutherland, who was not married, had no history of personal problems.

Maloney, who once managed former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, was taken to a hospital. Tests revealed the 55-year-old manager had a heart attack, but it was not clear if the attack happened before Monday's events. He was expected to remain in the hospital for a few days, and doctors are allowing him to work on his laptop.
Olympic middleweight champion James DeGale, who beat Sutherland in Beijing, paid tribute to his former rival.
"He had an Olympic bronze medal and his whole life to look forward to," the Englishman said. "He had a great future and my heart goes out to everyone who knew him."

Former world featherweight champion Barry McGuigan, who was born in Ireland, said Sutherland had the ability to win a world title.
"I am deeply shocked and deeply saddened by this news and my heart goes out to Darren's family," McGuigan said today. "It is an absolute tragedy. I would describe Darren as a phenomenal talent.
"He represented his country with pride as an amateur and I believe he would have become a world champion in the professional ranks one day."

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