GTA boxer found dead

STEVE BUFFERY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

The pain in Greg Post's voice spoke volumes as to what his son, rising boxing star Mike Post, meant to his family and friends.

And to the Canadian boxing community.

Mike Post was found dead at his boxing gym, Prime Time Personal Fitness and Boxing in Oakville, on Friday morning. He was 28.

"It's so hard," said Greg Post last night, his voice breaking with pain and sadness. "He loved life. I'm telling you, Michael was such a positive influence on everyone."

IMPRESSIVE TALENT

The shock of Mike Post's sudden passing is still resonating within North American boxing circles. Mike Post had put together an impressive 17-1-1 record in the pro ranks and had won four consecutive fights in 2008, his last a unanimous decision victory over Ruben Galvan on May 31 at the Brantford Civic Centre, just weeks after being hit by a car while training outside.

"He fought in such pain in Brantford," Greg said. "But he had such an amazing pain threshold. The kid wouldn't take an aspirin. When he played high school football, he played four games after breaking his arm before he finally let them fix it."

"Before that fight in Brantford, he lay in bed on his back for two weeks and had two days before the fight to drop 21 pounds. People who saw the fight had no idea," Greg added.

Ontario boxing commissioner Ken Hayashi, who was relayed the news of Mike Post's passing by Sun Media, had no idea either, as the fighter had passed all the pre-fight physicals.

"He looked terrific in that fight," Hayashi said.

Greg, who was also his son's manager, said Mike had stayed up late at his gym on Thursday night watching movies with friends before going to sleep about 4:30 a.m. He was discovered by his girlfriend early that morning.

"They found him laying in the office and he wasn't breathing," said Greg, who actually heard the sirens of the emergency vehicles racing to the gym. "I heard them and I don't know why, but I didn't have a good feeling."

"They rushed him to the hospital, but they couldn't resuscitate him," added Greg. "They couldn't bring him back."

NO FOUL PLAY

Greg said there isn't any evidence of an overdose or foul play.

The family will be receiving guests at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 3 and the service will be held at 1 p.m. at Glen Oaks Memorial Gardens in Oakville. A reception will follow at the gym, 2390 Lakeshore Rd. W.


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