Boxing Scotland and our Boxing Community here in Scotland, sadly mourn the passing of a true gentleman of our sport Rab Bannan.
The Boxing community has lost a stalwart of Boxing here in Scotland. Rab dedicated his life to our sport and trained many Champions across all age and weight categories in the Amateur game also achieving acclaim in the Professional world setting three-time world champion Ricky Burns on the road to stardom.
The community Champion became a local legend for his efforts at The Barn boxing club helping youngsters from Coatbridge.
For decades, Children have been kept on the straight and narrow by the discipline instilled at the club. Rightly so, Rab was recognised for his tireless work at the boxing club with the BBC Unsung Hero award in 2015, a real honour.
It was never about Rab though always about the club and the town of Coatbridge.
Rab always found time to chat to Coaches, Officials and Boxers alike about our sport. Always enthusiastic and passionate about boxing Rab was always willing to help other clubs out with bouts, you always knew his boxers would be strong and you were in for a tough bout.
Our sincere condolences go to his family, friends and everyone at The Barn Boxing Club at this difficult time. Rab will leave a huge void in our sport. 10 Bells will ring loud and clear on his passing.
God bless you Rab, rest in peace.