In this file photo, boxer O’Neil Bell celebrates a knockout in The Theater at Madison Square Garden, in New York, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2006. (AP / John Marshall Mantel)
ATLANTA (AP) — Police say a former boxing champion has been shot to death during a robbery in Atlanta.
Atlanta Police Sgt. Warren Pickard says 40-year-old O’Neil Bell was gunned down Wednesday morning. Pickard says Bell and another person were shot while getting off a bus before two suspects robbed them. Bell was pronounced dead at the scene in southwest Atlanta.
Bell had held four different titles during his 13-year boxing career, including the WBA, WBC, and IBF cruiserweight titles. In his last match, Bell beat Rico Cason with a technical knockout in the first round in 2011. Bell finished his boxing career with a 27-4-1 record.
Pickard says the second victim, who wasn’t identified, was shot in the hip and was taken to a hospital. Police say the investigation is still ongoing.
This story has been corrected to reflect that Bell was 40 years old.