"Frank was a larger-than-life character. I've never met anyone that could lose a hotel key 27 times in the first two days of the trip, or anyone with the pre-bout ritual he had," said England Talent coach John Stubbs.

Credit: Courtesy of Lancaster Frank Varey/Instagram



16-year-old boxer Frank Varey, from Great Britain, passed away this week while swimming with friends at a river in England's northwestern region.

It was around 11 p.m. local time on Thursday when police discovered Varey's body, as reported by the Manchester Evening News.

He visited the River Dee in Handbridge, Chester, which is about 27 miles from Liverpool. The circumstances surrounding Varey's death have not been disclosed.


Credit: Courtesy of Lancaster Frank Varey/Instagram

England Boxing confirmed the tragedy on Friday, paying tribute to the promising young man.

"Frank was a larger-than-life character. I've never met anyone that could lose a hotel key 27 times in the first two days of the trip, or anyone with the pre-bout ritual he had," said England Talent coach John Stubbs.


Credit: Courtesy of Lancaster Frank Varey/Instagram

"No boy should lose their life at 16," Stubbs added. "This is a sad day for the boxing community, and my thoughts are with big Frank and the family."

The Instagram stories Varey shared on Thursday included images of people jumping into the river. The boxer also posted a selfie with the tagged "Chester River Front."



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