Troy Waters Dies of leukaemia after long battle with leukaemia.
TRIBUTES have begun flowing for boxing Hall of Famer Troy Waters who died following a long battle with leukaemia.
He was 53.
One of three boxing brothers — Guy and Dean were the others, each of whom won national titles and fought internationally — Troy Waters was one of Australia’s most stylish, accomplished and successful fighters of the 1980s and 1990s.
He had been battling acute myeloid leukaemia, a rare form of blood cancer, since July 2014 and underwent brutal chemotherapy sessions and a bone-marrow transplant in December 2014 courtesy of his big brother, former Australian heavyweight boxing champion Dean.
After numerous lengthy stints in hospital, it appeared he was finally recovering. Then eight weeks later it was back.
Troy did strength and conditioning training with the Central Coast Mariners who posted their condolences on social media today.
“The Central Coast Mariners would like to pass on its condolences to the family and friends of Australian Boxing Hall of Famer, Troy Waters who has tragically passed away,” their Facebook post read.
“Troy has always been a close friend of the Mariners and we will forever hold him in our hearts. RIP, Troy.”
Waters unsuccessfully challenged for a world title three times. He was outpointed by Italy’s IBF world champion Ginafranco Rosi in 1989.
Waters was stopped in the third round against American WBC champion Terry Norris in 1993 and lost a decision to Jamaica’s WBC titleholder Simon Brown in 1994. Waters fought for the last time in 1998, finishing with a professional record of 28-5 with 20 knockouts.
Waters was inducted into the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame in 2009 and is survived by wife Michelle and two children, Nate and Shontae.