R.I.P. O’Neill Bell

It was announced that former Cruiserweight champion O’Neill Bell died by gunfire in Atlanta on November 25, 2015. The ex-champ was 41 years old at his time of passing.

I’ll never forget the time “Supernova” pulled a come-from-behind 10th round knockout against Jean Marc Mormeck at Madison Square Garden. It was an ice-cold night in January of 2006, I was making my first ever visit to New York City. I was stationed in press at the Mecca of Boxing to witness a true Cruiserweight classic , covering the action for a now-defunct newspaper called Punch News.

With the victory, “Supernova” walked out with the WBA, WBC & IBF titles – becoming the first fighter to unify the titles since Evander Holyfield. This fight would mark his greatest night as a pro and his last big victory in the ring.

O'Neil Bell new unified Cruiserweight Champion

This rumble set the tune for the main event where an Argentinian no-name Carlos Baldomir burst onto the national scene by pulling a huge upset over 15-to-1 favorite Zab Judah to win the undisputed Welterweight crown.

The former world champion was 40-years-old at his time of passing.

35 thoughts on “R.I.P. O’Neill Bell”

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