The boxing world is in mourning following the tragic death of Cam Shaw.
Shaw, who is the British boxing champion, was on holiday in Australia with his girlfriend when he sadly drowned while snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef.
He was just 25 years of age.
Shaw’s father Rod told the York Press: “We don’t know exactly what has happened, but we know that Cam has drowned and the investigation is still on-going.
“He was a strong swimmer – I taught him to swim at Water World in York when he was aged two and a half and he reached up to nine out of a possible eleven levels.
He added: “He was a fit lad. He was a professional boxer and fought four fights.
“He won them all, but then Covid struck and he had to put it to one side.
“He went on to become a fully qualified ski instructor in Switzerland and he had just spent a season in New Zealand and he wanted to see one of the seven wonders of the world – the Great Barrier Reef.
“Cam excelled at everything he did and we didn’t realise just how popular he was until now.
“We have been blown away. We just knew he was a gregarious, helpful and convivial guy – he threw his all into everything he did.”
The undefeated talent’s passing has sent shockwaves around the British boxing community as hundreds of friends, family and fans alike took to social media to pay their respects and share fond memories of Shaw.
It’s understood an investigation is still underway into the exact cause of the drowning.
A spokesperson for Queensland Police said: “Investigations are underway into the circumstances surrounding his death, however, it is believed non-suspicious.
“Queensland Police will prepare a report for the coroner after the body of a man was located at a reef off Cairns at about midday on Monday.”
A spokesman for the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office said: “We are providing consular support to the family of a British man who has died in Australia.”
Such awful news.
Rest In Peace, Cam.