Terry Spinks, the youngest British boxer to win a Gold medal at an Olympic Games, has died at his home aged 74, following a long illness.
Spinks won flyweight gold at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics in Australia aged 18 years old, beating Romania’s Mircea Dobrescu in the final.
When the London born fighter turned a professional, he won 41 of his 49 fights, including the British featherweight title, before retiring at the age of 24.
British Boxing Board of Control general secretary Robert Smith told Sky Sports: "We are very sad Terry has passed away. He was a great boxer and a very nice guy.
"He was an Olympic gold medalist at 18, which is very young, certainly when he was fighting boxers from Russia and the Eastern bloc, men who were 25 or 26.
"He was also a very good professional boxer, but most importantly he was a nice person."
Following his retirement, Spinks became a trainer, including coaching the South Korean boxing team at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany .In 2002, Spinks was awarded an MBE for services to boxing and charity work.
April 27, 2012