Former Commonwealth Champion and world rated fighter Patrick Ford is dead
Former Commonwealth Champion and world rated pugilist, Patrick Ford died yesterday morning after being hospitalized at the King’s County Hospital, Brooklyn NY for close to one week. He was 54 years old.
Ford was rushed to the medical institution last week Sunday after complaining of feeling unwell. His nephew, Darius spoke with this publication soon after his uncle was admitted and had said that the situation looked grim.
However, early Monday morning he had revealed that the doctors had conducted tests and his uncle was much improved. It appears as though the situation took a turn for the worse yesterday morning and Ford, who was placed under sedation while doctors conducted tests, passed away at around 0400hrs.
Ford is the first Guyanese boxer to fight for a world title under the Golden Arrowhead, the World Boxing Council featherweight belt, on September 13, 1980. He was unsuccessful after suffering a controversial split decision loss to Salvadore ‘Baby Face Assassin’ Sanchez in San Antonio Texas USA. Four months after his match-up with Sanchez, he fought Eusebio Pedroza for the World Boxing Association version of the title on Valentine’s Day in 1981 but failed once again, this time by knockout.
Though unsuccessful in his bid, Ford’s feat has been the catalyst to the acquisition of numerous titles starting with the historic feat of Andrew ‘Six Head’ Lewis against James Page in 2001 as well as countless other pugilists the likes of Gwendolyn O’Neil, Vivian Harris, Wayne Braithwaite, Gary StClair and quite recently, Shondell ‘Mystery Lady’ Alfred.