O'Neil Bell, Former Cruiserweight Champion, Killed at Age 40 in Apparent Robbery

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistNovember 25, 2015

Levallois-Perret, FRANCE: IBF (International Boxing Federation) Jamaican-born American champion O'Neil Bell gives a press conference, 14 March 2007 in Levallois-Perret outside Paris, three days before his World Championships fight against WBA (World Boxing Association) and WBC (World Boxing Council) cruiserweight champion Jean-Marc Mormeck from France.  AFP PHOTO MEHDI FEDOUACH (Photo credit should read MEHDI FEDOUACH/AFP/Getty Images)

Former WBA, WBC and IFB cruiserweight boxing champion O'Neil Bell was killed in Atlanta Wednesday morning in an apparent robbery at the age of 40, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Mike Morris

Citing the police, 11Alive.com reported Bell and a surviving victim exited a Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority bus shortly after midnight before they were shot by the alleged robbers. 

Police reports indicated Bell was lying in the street before he was pronounced dead at the scene. The surviving victim was reportedly shot in the hip. 

"We’re being told that there may have been some type of vehicle involved, a PT Cruiser, and robbery may be the motive," Atlanta police Lieutenant Charles Hampton told WSB-TV Channel 2, according to Morris.

Bell, a native of Jamaica, hasn't fought professionally since 2011, according to BoxRec.com, but he was a celebrated boxer in the cruiserweight division prior to calling it quits. 

According to BoxRec, Bell finished his career with a 27-4-1 record, including 25 victories by knockout. His last appearance came in December 2011, when he defeated Rico Cason by first-round TKO. 


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