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Tributes as ex-boxer Vinny Mitchell killed in Dagenham motorbike crash

PUBLISHED: 09:44 02 April 2019 | UPDATED: 14:02 02 April 2019

Vinny Mitchell. Picture: Paul Bennett

Vinny Mitchell. Picture: Paul Bennett

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Tributes have been paid to a former boxer who died in a motorbike crash in Dagenham.

Vinny Mitchell was pronounced dead at the scene in New Road, near the junction with Ballards Road, just before 5.30pm yesterday (Monday).

The 31-year-old was a former professional boxer who won 12 of his 13 fights.

Vinny’s brother Kevin Mitchell, himself a professional boxer who has challenged for a world title, took to Twitter to post a tribute and a photograph of the pair together on holiday.

He wrote: “There’s not many things I can say to say how heart broken I am.

“I love you Vinny Mitchell I promise I’ll make sure your kids will know who there [sic] dad was. It kills me. See you again some day brother.”

Other members of the boxing community have also paid tribute to the young father, with promoter Eddie Hearn tweeting: “So sorry to hear about the passing of Vinny Mitchell this evening - All our thoughts are with @KevinMitchell6 and the Mitchell family.”

Boxing trainer Peter Sims wrote: “I had the pleasure of training him a few years back and he was a true gentleman and a beautiful person and a proud family man.”

Former European champion Darren Barker added: “I tried to digest the terrible news of Vinny Mitchell passing all night, but I’m struggling. My brother Gary boxed Vinny a few times when they were kids, now neither are with us. I’m heartbroken. @KevinMitchell6 I love you brother and here for you all.”

Boxing journalist Len Whaley said that he had known Vinny since he was a schoolboy boxer, and knew the family well.

He said: “I have fond memories of a talented boxer and a very nice guy. RIP, Vinny.”

Frank Warren was Vinny’s promoter during his professional career and said he was “shocked and saddened” by the news.

“I worked with Vinny throughout his boxing career, he was a good lad, a pleasure to work with and be around,” he said.

“My deepest sympathies and thoughts are with [Vinny’s mum] Alice, Kevin and all the Mitchell family.”

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