Former boxer champ killed in shooting, one victim injured ‘Details’

Updated: November 26, 2015
Former boxer champ killed in shooting, one victim injured - Details

Former boxing champ O’Neil Bell was killed in Atlanta Wednesday morning in an apparent robbery at the age of 40.

Former boxing champ O’Neil Bell, who conquered the WBA, IBF and WBC belts at 200 pounds with a career-best victory over Frenchman Jean-Marc Mormeck in 2006, was the victim of an apparent robbery gone bad.

According to the Atlanta Police Department, Bell was exiting a city bus when he was set upon by two suspects who then shot the ex-fighter and a fellow commuter before leaving the scene.

The second victim, who was not a friend of Bell’s, survived and is being treated at Grady Hospital after being shot in the hip.

It’s a tragic ending for Bell who was born in Jamaica and immigrated to the US to live his own American Dream. ‘SuperNova’ made his debut in 1998 and forged his way to the top over a seven-year period before claiming his first world title in 2005.

Bell hung up his gloves in 2011 with a record of 27-4-1, 25 KO’s, and after enjoying just four years of his retirement, is another terrible statistic of gun crime in the US.

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