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Memorial erected to Olympian boxer

PUBLISHED: 10:37 07 January 2010 | UPDATED: 17:29 25 August 2010

Ireland's Darren Sutherland celebrates his Middleweight (75 kg) bronze medal, on August 23, 2008 at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games boxing podium.India's         AFP PHOTO / JACQUES DEMARTHON (Photo credit should read JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)

Ireland's Darren Sutherland celebrates his Middleweight (75 kg) bronze medal, on August 23, 2008 at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games boxing podium.India's AFP PHOTO / JACQUES DEMARTHON (Photo credit should read JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)

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A PLAQUE commemorating the life of an Olympic boxer who committed suicide is to go up in his Irish hometown. It will be in memory of 27-year-old Darren Sutherland, who was found hanged by his promoter, Frank Maloney, at the super middleweight s flat in

A PLAQUE commemorating the life of an Olympic boxer who committed suicide is to go up in his Irish hometown.

It will be in memory of 27-year-old Darren Sutherland, who was found hanged by his promoter, Frank Maloney, at the super middleweight's flat in Bromley on September 14 last year. The boxer, known as Dazzler, was taken under the wing of Mr Maloney, who promoted world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, after scooping bronze in the Beijing 2008 Olympics. He left his hometown of Navan, in County Meath, and stayed at the Maloney family home in Chislehurst before moving to a flat owned by them in Bromley. Councillors in his native town agreed a memorial plaque to the boxer they all knew as a "true gentleman" should be placed in the riverside setting of Andy Brennan Park.

They are expected to meet the boxer's parents, Tony and Linda, and other members of the Sutherland family to discuss details of the design of the memorial, which will be erected some time this year. Kate Mead


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