Aussie sport mourns death of boxing great Troy Waters

Tributes are pouring in after former Australian boxing champion Troy Waters died at age 53.

The Australian hall-of-famer lost his battle with leukaemia, which he had been fighting since 2014.

One of three boxing brothers, each of who won a national title and fought internationally, Waters was one of Australia’s most stylish, accomplished and successful fighters of the 1980s and 1990s.

He unsuccessfully fought in three world title fights, most notably against American superstar and WBC champion Terry Norris in 1993.

Waters in 1996. Image: Getty

He was outpointed by Italy’s IBF world champion Ginafranco Rosi in 1989, before title shots against two of the most feared and respected fighters of the era in the 1990s.

He was stopped in the third round of a brief but memorable contest by Norris, who he dropped in the second.

His last attempt was in 1994, when he lost a decision to Jamaica’s WBC titleholder Simon Brown.

Waters and Brown. Image: Getty

Waters fought for the last time in 1998, finishing with a professional record of 28-5 with 20 KOs.

The former Commonwealth junior-middleweight champion was inducted into the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame in 2009.

He leaves behind wife Michelle, son Nate, 17, and daughter Shontae, 13.

Waters and his family in 2006. Image: Getty

He is being remembered as a gentleman and family man.

with AAP