O'Neil Bell

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O'Neil Bell
Statistics
Nickname(s)
  • Supernova
  • Give 'em Hell
Rated at Cruiserweight
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Reach 75 in (191 cm)
Nationality Jamaican
Born (1974-12-29)29 December 1974
Jamaica
Died 25 November 2015(2015-11-25) (aged 40)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 32
Wins 27
Wins by KO 25
Losses 4
Draws 1

O'Neil Bell (29 December 1974 – 25 November 2015) was a Jamaican professional boxer who competed from 1998 to 2011. He held the undisputed cruiserweight title in 2006, and the lineal cruiserweight title from 2006 to 2007.

Professional career[edit]

Bell lost his second fight against an Algerian amateur star (M.Benguesima) but kept winning for years after that. He defeated former IBF champion Arthur Williams twice by KO and climbed the rankings.

He defeated Canadian Dale Brown in a controversial but unanimous decision on May 20, 2005 on Friday Night Fights to capture the vacant IBF title.

He unified the belts by beating Frenchman Jean-Marc Mormeck, on January 7, 2006, for his WBA and WBC belts making Bell the second undisputed champion of the division, with Evander Holyfield being the first.[1]

The IBF later stripped Bell in April 2006 for pulling out of a mandatory bout against Steve Cunningham because of a tooth problem. After nearly 11 months of inactivity, Bell was due to take part in the postponed Superfighter Tournament at heavyweight on December 1 of that year.

Bell lost the WBA, WBC and lineal cruiserweight titles to Jean-Marc Mormeck on March 17, 2007 in the Frenchman's backyard in Levallois, France via a close but unanimous decision.

On April 19, 2008, in Poland, Bell fought former WBC light heavyweight champion Tomasz Adamek. Bell was dropped in the first round and quit after the end of round seven, citing that he was feeling dizzy and sick.

After the Adamek fight, Bell announced his move to the heavyweight division, saying that making the cruiserweight limit sapped his strength for his last two fights.[2] Bell's first heavyweight bout was scheduled to be against Willie Palms on January 14, 2009,[3] but that fight never occurred.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
32 fights 27 wins 4 losses
By knockout 25 3
By decision 2 1
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
32 Win 27–4–1 United States Rico Cason TKO 1, 0:58 17 Dec 2011 United States Smith Gymnasium at Henderson Hall, Arlington, Virginia, US
31 Loss 26–4–1 Jamaica Richard Hall TKO 2 (10), 1:58 4 Jun 2011 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, US
30 Loss 26–3–1 Poland Tomasz Adamek TKO 8 (12) 19 Apr 2008 Poland Spodek, Katowice, Poland
29 Loss 26–2–1 France Jean-Marc Mormeck UD 12 17 Mar 2007 France Palais des sports Marcel-Cerdan, Levallois-Perret, France Lost WBA (Super), WBC, The Ring, and lineal cruiserweight titles
28 Win 26–1–1 France Jean-Marc Mormeck KO 10 (12), 2:50 7 Jan 2006 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US Retained IBF cruiserweight title;
Won WBA (Super), WBC, The Ring, and vacant lineal cruiserweight titles
27 Win 25–1–1 South Africa Sebastiaan Rothmann KO 11 (12), 2:09 26 Aug 2005 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, US Retained IBF cruiserweight title
26 Win 24–1–1 Canada Dale Brown UD 12 20 May 2005 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, US Won vacant IBF cruiserweight title
25 Win 23–1–1 United States Ezra Sellers KO 2 (12), 2:04 4 Sep 2004 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, US
24 Win 22–1–1 South Africa Derrick Harmon TKO 8 (12), 1:41 19 Dec 2003 United States Ramada Inn, Rosemont, Illinois, US Retained NABF cruiserweight title
23 Win 21–1–1 United States Kelvin Davis TKO 11 (12), 1:03 23 May 2003 United States Lucky Star Casino, Concho, Oklahoma, US Retained NABF and USBA cruiserweight titles
22 Win 20–1–1 United States Arthur Williams TKO 9 (12), 2:06 8 Nov 2002 United States Stratosphere, Las Vegas, Nevada, US Retained NABF cruiserweight title;
Won vacant USBA cruiserweight title
21 Win 19–1–1 United States Eric Davis TKO 3 (6) 28 Jun 2002 United States Roxy Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia, US
20 Draw 18–1–1 United States Ernest Mateen TD 3 (10) 26 Apr 2002 United States Ramada O'Hare, Rosemont, Illinois, US TD after Mateen sustained a cut from an accidental head clash
19 Win 18–1 United States Ka-Dy King TKO 3 (10) 9 Apr 2002 United States Ramada Inn, Rosemont, Illinois, US
18 Win 17–1 United States Arthur Williams TKO 11 (12), 2:30 7 Sep 2001 United States Dakota Magic Casino, Hankinson, North Dakota, US Retained NABF cruiserweight title
17 Win 16–1 United States Jason Robinson UD 10 3 Jul 2001 United States Six Flags Over Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia, US
16 Win 15–1 United States Jose Luis Rivera TKO 11 (12) 10 May 2001 United States Casino Queen, East St. Louis, Illinois, US Retained NABF cruiserweight title
15 Win 14–1 United States James Walton TKO 10 (12), 1:38 18 Jan 2001 United States Grand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, US Won vacant NABF cruiserweight title
14 Win 13–1 United States Michael Rush KO 5 (12) 19 Oct 2000 United States Columbus, Georgia, US Won NBA cruiserweight title
13 Win 12–1 United States Eric Davis TKO 2 (10) 13 Oct 2000 United States Stone Mountain, Georgia, US
12 Win 11–1 United States Jose Hiram Torres TKO 3 2 Jun 2000 United States Roxy Nightclub, Boston, Massachusetts, US
11 Win 10–1 United States John Moore TKO 3 22 Apr 2000 United States Atlanta, Georgia, US
10 Win 9–1 United States Wes Taylor TKO 3 27 Jan 2000 United States Atlanta, Georgia, US
9 Win 8–1 United States George Holder TKO 2 (6), 2:47 3 Sep 1999 United States Harrah's, Cherokee, North Carolina, US
8 Win 7–1 Canada Carl Handy TKO 4 11 Aug 1999 United States New Orleans, Louisiana, US
7 Win 6–1 United States John Battle KO 2 3 Mar 1999 United States Atlanta, Georgia, US
6 Win 5–1 United States Cliff Nellon TKO 4 (6), 1:57 22 Jan 1999 United States Horseshoe Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, US
5 Win 4–1 United States John Carter TKO 1 (4), 2:10 13 Nov 1998 United States Harrah's, Cherokee, North Carolina, US
4 Win 3–1 United States Larry Donnell TKO 2 30 Jul 1998 United States Roxy Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia, US
3 Win 2–1 United States James Sealey KO 1 26 Jun 1998 United States Doraville, Georgia, US
2 Loss 1–1 Algeria Mahamed Benguesmia KO 4 (6) 11 Apr 1998 United States Township Auditorium, Columbia, South Carolina, US
1 Win 1–0 United States William Holyfield TKO 1 (4) 19 Feb 1998 United States World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia, US Professional debut

Outside the ring[edit]

On February 5, 2007, Bell allegedly threw an axe at his sparring partner, Larry Slayton, while training in the woods of Big Bear, California. He was subsequently arrested on the count of assault with a deadly weapon, but was released. [1].

2007 disappearance[edit]

According to ESPN's Wednesday Night Fights on August 8, 2007, Bell, who was originally scheduled to appear, was not available to fight or be contacted in any form. He was scheduled to against Louis Azille on the fight card, but his promoter pulled him from the fight three weeks prior because he could not be located.[why?]

Death[edit]

Bell was shot and killed while being robbed in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 25, 2015.[4]

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Wayne Braithwaite
NABF cruiserweight champion
18 January 2001 – June 2004
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Dale Brown
Vacant
Title last held by
Kelvin Davis
USBA cruiserweight champion
8 November 2002 – December 2003
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Felix Cora Jr.
World boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Kelvin Davis
IBF cruiserweight champion
20 May 2005 – 31 March 2006
Stripped
Vacant
Title next held by
Krzysztof Włodarczyk
Preceded by
Jean-Marc Mormeck
WBA cruiserweight champion
Super title

7 January 2006 – 17 March 2007
Succeeded by
Jean-Marc Mormeck
WBC cruiserweight champion
7 January 2006 – 17 March 2007
The Ring cruiserweight champion
7 January 2006 – 17 March 2007
Vacant
Title last held by
Evander Holyfield
Undisputed cruiserweight champion
7 January 2006 – May 2006
Titles fragmented
Vacant
Preceded by
Jean-Marc Mormeck
Lineal cruiserweight champion
7 January 2006 – 17 March 2007
Succeeded by
Jean-Marc Mormeck