The boxer’s brother is reported to have passed away last week after battling sickness for some time.

Joseph was 59.

“As Christians, we believe God gives life and he has the power to take it whenever he pleases,” he said in a statement copied to the Daily Graphic.

“We believe it was God who decided to give him rest so we can’t complain,” he added.

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The statement added that the Nelson family will meet this week to discuss funeral plans and update the public and loved ones about the burial arrangements.