Mates pay tribute to fighter, brother, role model
EVIDENCE of the positive impact Braydon Smith had on those around him was clear in the words of mates and fellow boxers.
His best mate Joel Stower was among the group that gathered together yesterday to cope as best they could with the 23-year-old's shock death.
"You just try to put on a brave face for everyone else," Mr Stower said.
He said Braydon was the crux of their group of mates.
They met through their law studies at the University of Southern Queensland.
"He just lived life to the fullest every day and it has really rubbed off on us boys."
Mr Stower said his mate would be upset when things happened that tarnished the image of boxing.
"His biggest thing... was he always wanted to change the perception of a fighter."
Professional boxer Steven Spark said his training partner was his idol.
"Even if someone was older or younger they all looked to Braydo as a brother and a role model," he said.
Mr Spark said the death did not change his will to be a boxer.
"Fighters know the risk.
"It won't affect my opinion of the sport."
He said his mate was a fighter.
"He fought to the end and he'd be proud that he did that and everyone else is proud of him."
Meanwhile, Mr Stower said he wanted people to keep Braydon's grieving family in their thoughts.
"I know a lot of people are touched by this whole thing, but he's got two little brothers now that are missing their big brother.
"I just want them to know that they have got many brothers here."