'Very sad': Boxing world rocked by star's tragic death at 33

Andrew Reid
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Seen here, Lee Noble gets ready to throw a punch during a boxing match.
Lee Noble died aged 33 after a battle with brain cancer. Pic: Getty

The boxing world is reeling after the tragic news that British fighter Lee Noble has lost his battle with cancer.

He was only 33 years old.

Noble was first diagnosed with leukaemia in 2014, before receiving a terminal brain cancer diagnosis in 2019.

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Britain's The Sun reported that Noble died while surrounded by family and friends in Sheffield on Sunday.

Noble's last fight came in 2014 when he beat Kiril Psonko to extend his winning streak to five bouts.

He also fought acclaimed fighters Billy Joe Saunders, Martin Murray and John Ryder during his career.

Leading boxing promoter Eddie Hearn was among those to pay his respects after learning of Noble's tragic passing.

“Very saddened to hear of the passing of Lee Noble,” Hearn tweeted.

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“Lee fought his illness so bravely for many Years and my thoughts and everyone at Matchroom are with him and his family.

“At peace now.”

Ex-world title challenger Kevin Mitchell said he was thought Noble would beat the cancer and admits his death has left him devastated.

"It's gutting. I just found out this morning. I thought he was going to beat it as well.

Pictured here, Lee Noble punches Phill Fury during their fight in Sheffield in 2012.
Lee Noble is seen here fighting Phill Fury in Sheffield in 2012. Pic: Getty

"I knew him really well. When he was having a lot of treatment in London, me and my brother used to meet up with him.

"And then when he wasn't well enough I'd take food down to him.

"When you visit him, you just try and give him a lift and give him a laugh. It's just sad."

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Tributes to the fallen fighter have been flooding in on social media from across the boxing world.

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