Remembering Willie Limond: A Champion in and out of the Ring

April 16th, 2024 / IBA

It is with a profound sense of loss that the boxing community mourns the passing of Scottish boxer Willie Limond, a figure synonymous with courage, skill, and mentorship within the sport. His death has left a void in the hearts of many who knew him as a champion, coach, colleague, and friend.

 Willie Limond’s legacy in Scottish boxing is indelible. His journey began with notable achievements as an amateur, securing a bronze medal for Team Scotland at the European Cadet Championships in Elazig, Turkey, in 1995. This early success laid the foundation for a distinguished professional career, during which Willie faced off against formidable opponents including future or former World champions like Amir Khan and Erik Morales. His tenacity and skill earned him titles such as the British Light-Welterweight champion and a two-time Commonwealth champion.

However, Willie’s contributions extended far beyond the ring. At Boxing Scotland’s High Performance Centre, he dedicated himself to nurturing the Elite Boxing Group, serving as both a coach and a mentor. His commitment to developing the next generation of Scottish boxers was a testament to his passion for the sport and his desire to give back to the community that supported his career.

Amid the tributes, Chris Roberts OBE, Secretary General and CEO of the International Boxing Association (IBA) and former CEO of Boxing Scotland, shared his thoughts: ‘Willie Limond represented the true spirit of Scottish boxing. His dedication to the sport and his unwavering support for young athletes exemplified his character and his commitment to boxing. His passing is a tremendous loss to the sport, but his influence will continue to inspire future generations.’

The legacy of Willie Limond will undoubtedly live on through the many lives he touched, both in and out of the ring. His family along with the broader boxing community, will remember him not just for his accomplishments, but for his enduring spirit and his profound influence on the sport of boxing in Scotland.

As the boxing world comes to terms with this loss, the memories of Willie Limond’s fights, his victories, and his invaluable contributions to the sport will continue to be celebrated, ensuring his legacy endures as an inspiration to all.