By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
The Australian Boxing neighborhood is in mourning with the unhappy passing of former Commonwealth and Australian mild middleweight champion Troy Waters who has handed away in Gosford Hospital on the age of 53 years after a protracted sickness. Troy was recognized with myeloid leukemia in 2014 and had been battling the illness for the previous 4 years.
He was a world class beginner welterweight who represented Australia in 1983 at Santo Domingo world championships earlier than he made his skilled debut in 1984 and captured the Australian mild middleweight title outpointing Paul Towell.
In 1987 he stopped Englishman Lloyd Hibbert in 4 rounds to seize the Commonwealth crown and defended the title 3 times efficiently. Troy prolonged IBF world mild middleweight champion Gianfranco Rossi dropping a twelve spherical determination in St Vicent, Italy in 1989. (This author was proud to be in Troy’s nook.)
Four years later he would problem Terry Norris for the WBC crown dropping Norris in spherical two which was named Ring Magazine Round of The Year in 1993, earlier than referee Marty Denkin dominated Waters’ lower eye to extreme proceed on the conclusion of spherical three in an action-packed bout on the Sports Arena in San Diego, California.
The following 12 months in Las Vegas Waters challenged Simon Brown for the WBC championship with the combat going to the wire by majority determination with the champion Brown retaining the title on residence turf. Waters returned to Australia and in 1995 would rating a one-sided ten spherical determination over former WBC welterweight champion Jorge Vaca in Sydney.
In 1997, Waters would conflict with the good Puerto Rican Felix Trinidad who was unbeaten in 31 fights. The combat was a WBC elimination bout in Madison Square Garden and it was Trinidad at his explosive finest and was topped the winner inside the scheduled distance.
In April 1998, Waters would climb by the ropes for the ultimate time scoring a seven spherical stoppage over Ambrose Milo on the Newcastle Entertainment Centre.
Troy’s ultimate file was 28-5, 20 KOs.
He was born in London, England on April 23, 1965, and would later transfer to Australia with father Ces and two brothers, Guy who additionally captured Australian and Commonwealth crown as a lightweight heavyweight and eldest brother Dean holding the Australian heavyweight crown.
Troy is survived by spouse Michele and kids Nate and Shontae. Funeral particulars to comply with.
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