Pepe Forbes passes away, aged 96

Pepe Forbes (1917-2013)

Highly respected matchmaker and boxing agent Pepe Forbes sadly passed away this morning, aged 96.

Born in Gibraltar, Pepe moved to London at the outbreak of the Second World War, and began a long and distinguished career in boxing, going on to work with promoters Jack Solomons, Frank Warren and Barry Hearn.

During his time in boxing, Pepe was responsible for introducing many overseas fighters to the UK, and played a huge part in shaping the sport both in the UK and internationally over his sixty years in the business.

In 2009, Pepe was given special recognition by the EBU for his services to boxing.

The sport has lost another incredibly influential figure. BoxRec would like to offer its deepest condolences to Pepe's family and friends.

Pictured below: Pepe Forbes with BoxRec's John Sheppard.

Pepe Forbes (right) and John Sheppard (left)

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