As family, friends and fight fans pay their final respects to hometown hero Kevin Payne, promoter Octavius James announced he will sponsor the Kevin Payne Memorial Fund to ease the difficult transition for the fighter's family. Payne passed away in Evansville, Indiana just hours after a victory over Ryan Maraldo, that earned Payne a shot at Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. The Vanderburgh County coroner said Tuesday there were no conclusive findings yet to determine what led to the brain hemorrhage that caused Payne's death. Describing Payne “as a team member and a close friend,” James said his company, One In A Million, will donate the first check to the fund, and will also donate portions of the proceeds from fights for the remainder of 2006. Anyone else wishing to help Kevin's wife, Jenny, and his two young children can send checks or money orders payable to the Kevin Payne Memorial Fund, One In A Million Inc., 8789 Louisiana St., Suite B, Merrillville, IN 46410, Attn: Michael Gonzalez “It always hurts to lose someone who is your friend, but Kevin was committed to this sport, and he would have wanted us to continue putting on our fight cards,” James said. “And, even though nothing can replace a loved one for Jenny and the kids, our executive board unanimously decided we want to help Kevin's family as much as we can for as long as we can, partly with this memorial fund. There will be a special moment of recognition for Payne at the next boxing event at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza, Merrillville, IN on April 14, 2006.