Friday, Jan. 16, 2009 | 6:11 p.m.
Henderson boxer Bryant Theodile, a man known for his quick jab and infectious personality, died Thursday of a spontaneous intracranial bleed and hypertension, according to the Clark County Coroner's Office.
Theodile, 46, was embarking on a return to professional boxing, a difficult feat considering his age.
He had one professional victory, a knockout 1998, but had spent years in the gym as a sparring partner for other fighters.
Robert Johnston, owner of Las Vegas Boxing Gym, where Theodile used to train, said Theodile had potential to be successful in spite of his age.
"For his age he was very fast," Johnston said. "He was definitely out of the ordinary physically speaking."
Theodile grew up in Texas and received a football scholarship to play at the University of Wisconsin.
After falling on tough times living in Chicago in the 1990s, Theodile vowed to clean up his life through boxing.
"I promised to take up boxing and let it take me as far as god will let me go," Theodile said during a Home News interview in July 2008.
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