For­mer WBC cham­pion dies at the age of just 47

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MARKUS BEYER, the for­mer three-time WBC su­per-mid­dleweight cham­pion from Ger­many, has trag­i­cally passed away at the age of 47. The news was de­liv­ered by MDR, where Beyer had worked since 2015 as an ex­pert on “Sport in the East”.

He died in a Ber­lin hos­pi­tal on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 3, fol­low­ing a “short” and “se­vere” ill­ness and the news of his pass­ing came as a shock to the box­ing world.

“We are upset and mourn the loss of a great ath­lete and won­der­ful col­league,” said MDR pro­gram di­rec­tor Wolf-di­eter Ja­cobi. “As a mem­ber of the MDR, he has shaped his ‘box­ing ex­per­tise’ in the past few years. In thought, we are with his fam­ily.”

A fine am­a­teur and pro, Beyer boxed in two Olympic Games – 1992 and 1996 – and won a bronze medal at the 1995 World Cham­pi­onships be­fore turn­ing over in Novem­ber ’96.

Three years later, “Boom Boom”, as he was known, de­throned Richie Wood­hall at the Telford Ice Rink to be­come the WBC su­per-mid­dleweight cham­pion. He would lose the belt the fol­low­ing year, in an upset against Glenn Catley, but even­tu­ally went on to beat Eric Lu­cas in 2003 to win the belt for a sec­ond time.

In 2004, mean­while, he split a cou­ple of fights with Cris­tian Sanavia, mean­ing he lost and then re­gained his ti­tle, and bowed out, ini­tially, af­ter a WBC and WBA uni­fi­ca­tion ti­tle fight de­feat to Mikkell Kessler in 2006. Beyer, 35-3-1 (13), re­turned for one more fight in 2008, an eight-round points vic­tory over Mu­rad Makhmu­dov, but then re­tired for good shortly af­ter.

“I can­not de­scribe my feel­ings with words,” said Ulli Weg­ner, Beyer’s for­mer coach. “Ev­ery­body knows that he was my favourite ath­lete, and that he had, above all, a hu­man com­po­nent.

“Markus Beyer was a thor­oughly fine hu­man be­ing. At the mo­ment I feel like some­one hit me in the gut. I have to process all that first.”

Our thoughts are with Markus Beyer’s fam­ily at this dif­fi­cult time.

GONE TOO SOON: Beyer and his WBC belt in his ght­ing days

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