NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The boxing community is remembering a local fighter who was killed in a shooting in the area of Rosette Street and Hurlburt Street Saturday night. The shooting injured five others.
Sunday, New Haven Police Department identified the one fatality in Saturday night’s shooting as 28-year-old Dayshon Smith. He was a local boxer who went by the name “Superfreak” in the ring and had dreams of going pro. He leaves behind a young daughter.
The owner of Ring One Boxing Gym in New Haven and Smith’s coach, Brian Clark said of Smith, “He was a real good kid. I wouldn’t be standing here in the rain for no reason… I can’t change anything. This is my third kid who’s gotten killed. He was a good kid, he was a great father. There’s nothing more important than being a great father. That’s the biggest loss.”
Former World Champion boxer and New Haven resident Chad Dawson trained with Smith at Ring One and told News 8 in a statement Sunday, in part, “He was a great kid with a lot of potential. A great father to his daughter, Ezra…Dayshon was a humble guy and very respectful. Would’ve never thought this would happen to him.”
Mayor Justin Elicker said, “It’s a difficult time for our community, but we will get through this. And we need to come together as a community to do that.”
WEB EXTRA: Sports Team 8 profiled Dayshon “Superfreak” Smith as he prepared for the Golden Gloves Championship in Louisiana in 2017