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Trust set up in boxer Michael Graydon's memory

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The family of a boxing promoter from Bristol are setting up a trust in his memory.

Michael Graydon went missing in Monaco in February and his body was found in a ravine two weeks later.

His family flew out to help with the search and hope their experience - such as the use of social media - can help other people with missing relatives abroad.

Bristol's Lee Haskins crowned World Champion by default

Bristol boxer Lee Haskins has been crowned World Champion because his oponent didn't make the weight. Credit: PA

Bristol's Lee Haskins is the new IBF Bantamweight Champion after his opponent Randy Caballero failed to make the weight at last night's weigh-in.

Caballero, the defending champion, was making a comeback after a year off through injury but he scaled five and a half pounds over the championship limit. The fight was called off and he was stripped of the belt.

Haskins says he's disappointed to miss out on a fight he's trained so hard for.


Bristol's Lee Haskins becomes World Champion

Lee Haskins celebrates beating Ryosuke Iwasa to win the Interim IBF World Bantamweight Title Credit: Paul Harding/PA

Bristol's Lee Haskins has beaten Japan's Ryosuke Iwasa and become the new IBF Interim bantamweight champion of the world.

The sell-out home crowd got behind Haskins as he beat the Japanese champion after just six rounds at the Action Indoor Sports Arena in Whitchurch.

Japan's Ryosuke Iwasa will go home disappointed after suffering only his second professional defeat. But Haskins - who has won every other major title - was confident he could add the IBF belt to his collection.

Funeral for Bristol boxing promoter Michael Graydon takes place this afternoon

Michael Graydon, pictured with his son Reuben Credit: Family

The funeral will take place today of Michael Graydon, the Bristol boxing promoter who went missing in Monaco.

The service will be held at St Mary Redcliffe Church at half past two this afternoon.

Mr Graydon, who was 29 and a father of one, had travelled to Monaco in February to watch a boxing match. His body was found in a deep hole two weeks later.

"I couldn't have left Monaco without Michael"

Michael Graydon's body has been brought back to Bristol, and his family say they can be at peace, knowing that Michael is home.

The Bristol boxing promoter fell to his death in Monaco, and his body was found two weeks later.

His family say they've been overwhelmed by the support they've received.

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Michael Graydon's family speak exclusively to ITV after his body returns home

The family of a Bristol boxing promoter who fell to his death in Monaco say they've found comfort now his body is back home.

Michael Graydon's body was found down a ten foot hole two weeks after he the 29-year-old was reported missing. He died from head injuries. His family say they're now on their way to finding closure.

Michael Graydon's body flown back to Britain

Family and friends of a Bristol boxing promoter who fell to his death in Monaco are to welcome his body back home.

Michael Graydon flew to Monaco last month to watch a £500 a ticket boxing match.

But when he failed to turn up or catch his flight home, his family flew to Monaco to look for him themselves.

Michael Graydon, pictured with his son Reuben Credit: Family

The boxing promoter, who as an 18 month old son, was last seen leaving a nightclub on CCTV but then appeared to vanish.

After a two week search involving divers and a sniffer dog, police discovered his body in a ravine. A post mortem revealed he died instantly from head injuries. His family believe the boxing promoter fell to his death after jumping over a wall.

Michael Graydon disappeared in Monacco Credit: Lydia Ball

This morning Michael Graydon's body arrived at Heathrow Airport where it will be transported to a funeral directors in Bristol.

Twenty members of his family and friends will gather outside the funeral home to welcome Michael Graydon back to Bristol.

His funeral is due to take place at Bristol Cathedral.

Bristol's top boxer to fight for world title

Bristol boxer Lee Haskins has finally been nominated to box for the IBF Interim World bantamweight title Credit: Nick Potts/PA

Bristol's top boxer will finally fight for a world title after he was nominated to box for the IBF Interim World bantamweight title.

Lee Haskins has been ordered to meet Japan's Ryosuke Iwasa after reigning IBF champion Randy Caballero is unable to defend his title due to injury.

The match between the two highest ranked fighters in the IBF bantamweight ratings is expected to be staged in June or July this year.

Haskins recently won the European title for the second time in his career and, at 33 years of age, is desperate for a shot at a version of the world title.

He would prefer to meet Iwasa in the UK, but has expressed a willingness to travel to Japan if needs be.

The IBF cannot have a situation where they have to wait indefinitely for Caballero to get fit again. In this situation, they take the highest ranked boxers and get them to contest what they call the 'Interim' title.

Our man Lee Haskins and Iwasa are the highest ranked bantamweights and they have been ordered to contest the title. The winner of that fight will either defend against Caballero, or if he decides to go another route, they will keep the title and become the outright champion.

– Jamie Sanigar, promoter

Post Mortem reveals Michael Graydon's death was accidental

Michael Graydon, pictured with his son Reuben Credit: Family

A post mortem examination has revealed that the death of Bristol boxing promotor Michael Graydon was accidental.

The 29-year-old went missing in Monaco last month. His body was found in a ravine two weeks later. It's thought he died from head injuries and that his death would have been instantaneous.

His funeral will be held at Bristol Cathedral.

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