Tragic death of boxer Sean

Sean Finney with wife Alexandra
Sean Finney with wife Alexandra

Tributes have been paid to Sean Finney, the talented Kirkcaldy boxer who was found dead at a caravan park in the north of England.

The 23-year-old was discovered unconscious in a caravan at The Ranch Caravan Park, Cliffe Common, in North Yorkshire on December 1.

Paramedics raced to the caravan park shortly after 3.00 a.m but attempts to revive him were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mike Keane, who trained Sean at the Kingdom Boxing Club, called his death “an absolute tragedy”.

He said: “He will be sadly missed at the Kingdom Boxing Club which he attended from 10 years of age. When Sean was on form he was world class.

“I knew him for 13 years and I was proud to have been his coach and close friend.”

Sean’s wife Alexandra said he was “my husband, my best friend, my life, my everything”.

She added: “My Sean Boy Finney has left this earth to go to heaven.

“He had a heart of gold, was kind, loving and caring.

“As heart broken as I am, he’s given me strength through God.

“God has told me he is in peace and God will look after him until I arrive.

“His heart and head are in peace. He promised he’d never leave me and he hasn’t.

“My love for Sean will never die and his love for me will never die. True and unconditional love.

“I love you for eternity, my Sean.”

North Yorkshire Police have interviewed three local men aged 27, 30 and 49 in connection with Sean’s death, but they have not been charged.

Police are following a line of enquiry that Sean, who won many boxing titles going back to 2004 when he was Scottish Boys Club Champion, may have been assaulted at the caravan park the previous evening and they are trying to establish the events which led up to the discovery of his body.

Detective Chief Inspector Maria Taylor, who is leading the investigation, said: “The investigation into the circumstances around Mr Finney’s death remains ongoing.

“I am particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the man being assaulted or noticed a disturbance and urge them to get in touch.”

Richard Thomas, Chairman of Boxing Scotland, said that Sean will be a huge loss to the Scottish boxing community.

“This is such sad news,” he said.

“Boxing was a massive part of Sean’s life and as a youth he had an impressive international record going unbeaten for two years.

“He was dedicated to boxing and boxing gave him a lot in return, so much so that he recently made a return to Kingdom BC to train for the Eastern Districts.

“He will be very sadly missed far and wide. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”