Statement From Family of DESMOND REA
On the death of former British light-welterweight and Irish welterweight Boxing Champion, Desmond “Des” Rea a spokesman for the Rea Family said: “It is with the greatest regret and sadness that we announce the death of Des Rea.
“To his fans he was the great champion who defeated Vic Andreetti in 1968 to become the first holder of the Lonsdale Belt for light welterweight fighters. But for us, he was a champion in his personal life, as a great father, son, brother and uncle.
“The loss we feel can only be matched by the pride to have known a man of such integrity, character, and decency. The British Isles have lost a true champion.”