A young boxer was killed in a shooting at a pub in Doncaster. Tom Bell, a 21-year-old professional featherweight, died on Thursday.
Bell had boxed for Doncaster Plantworks as an amateur. The club stated: “We are absolutely devastated to announce the passing of a great warrior who has spent a huge amount of time over the years boxing with our club. We are shocked beyond words to hear this sad news and would like to offer our sincere condolences to Tom’s family and closest friends.”
Tom, who was unbeaten in six pro contests, had been sparring with Charlie Edwards ahead of the latter’s world title victory. “Woke up to absolutely devastating news this morning. Tom Bell’s life has been taken away from him. This guy was a massive part of my world title win. Thoughts, prayers and love go out to his family,” Edwards said.
Josh Warrington is another world champion who knew Bell. He said, “Myself and the Leeds Warrior team are shocked and deeply saddened to hear the shocking news of Tom Bell. Such a naturally talented boxer who had the potential to go very far in the sport. A massive shame at such a young age.”