Sheffield world champion boxer pays tribute to Doncaster man shot dead in family pub

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A world champion boxer from Sheffield has paid tribute to a man shot dead in a Doncaster pub.

Charlie Edwards, who won the WBC flyweight title last month, said 21-year-old murder victim Tom Bell was a ‘massive part ‘ of his world title win.

Tom Bell with world champion Charlie Edwards

Tom Bell with world champion Charlie Edwards

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Tom was gunned down at the Maple Tree pub on the Woodfield Plantation, Balby, last night.

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There are unconfirmed reports that it was a drive-by shooting but details have not yet been released by South Yorkshire Police.

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Tom was rushed to hospital but his family revealed today that he had died.

The talented boxer, who won all six of his professional fights, was a sparring partner for Beighton-based Edwards in the run up to his world championship bout at London’s O2 Arena.

Posting on Twitter today, Edwards said: “Woke up to absolutely devastating news this morning @TomBell120 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! #RIP.”

Champion Edwards, 25, arrived in Sheffield a year ago to join younger brother Sunny at Grant Smith’s Steel City gym in Darnall.