Monument to Bradley Stone
Type Sculpture , Statue
Torso of a boxer, arms raised in a fighting stance. On the belt of his trunks in embossed capitals is the name STONE.
Bradley Stone was a young boxer from Custom House, who died two days after unsuccessfully fighting Richie Wenton for the vacant British Super Bantamweight title at York Hall, Bethnal Green in April 1994. He trained at Peacock's Gym and it was his trainer, Jackie Bowers, who unveiled the statue. Payment had been raised by a series of fund-raising events and donations from Eastenders. The sculptor, Ann Downey, spent weeks studying photographs of the subject and talking to his fiancée to ensure she got a good likeness. In order to achieve an authentic boxer's stance, she enlisted another boxer from Peacock's Gym, Nickey Cantwell, to pose for her.(1)
The unveiling ceremony was attended by some 300 people, including many famous boxers. There has also been a street named after Bradley Stone in Beckton.(2)
On black marble plaque set on granite plinth, in gold incised lettering, all lower case words in italics:
In Loving Memory of / BRADLEY STONE / Little Gem / 1970 - 1994 / A brave young man / who died in the pursuit / of his dreams / FOREVER / AS PROUD AS A PEACOCK / From his friends and fans
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