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Boxing community mourns trainer that died after passing a police agility test

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) - The North Charleston Title Boxing Club is in mourning after learning their head trainer Jeffrey Tant died while on a mission to trade his boxing gloves in for a police badge. 

"Before the night was over, he cleaned up," Title Boxing Manager, Chris Bowen said. "I said see you tomorrow, see you Wednesday." 

Monday, would be the last time Bowen would see his co-worker and friend 35-year-old Jeffrey Tant. 

"We were together the first day the club opened and we've known each other ever since," Bowen said. 

Tant worked for Title Boxing for four years and has a been fitness trainer for more than 20 years. No one was prepared for Tant's last class ever, to be Monday. 

"This is not something you just expect to hear," Bowen said. 

Tant was on the road to becoming a police officer with the Charleston Police Department. As a husband and father, co-workers said Tant was looking to provide for his family by moving into a more stable career. 

As a part of becoming a cop, applicants have to pass an agility test. The test includes a 1.5 mile run, a 300 meter run, sit ups, push ups, and a bench press. 

After completing his physical agility test Tueday, Tant asked to go to the hospital. He was then rushed to the hospital, where he later died. 

The death is a shock to friends and family because fitness was Tant's passion. 

"One of the reasons I got into the boxing business is because of Jeff," Owner of Title Boxing, Rick Jarrell said. 

Jarrell, or "Papa Jay," said he'd known Tant for almost his entire life. He said Tant's father and him played baseball together. He said he'll miss Tant's smile the most. 

"Just coming around the corner and see him, Just that smile, he's just a fun guy to be around," Jarrell said. 

Friends said Tant had been training for the police academy non-stop for months. They believe his legacy will live on through the Title Boxing family. 

Tant's cause of death is still unknown and is under investigation. The coroner is actively performing an autopsy. 

The Title Boxing Club will host a fundraiser for Tant's family August 23 at 8 p.m. at 9500 Dorchester Road.They will have a 25 round black light class that day where trainers on staff will do all day free personal training for donations. 

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