Last Updated on December 30, 2023, 7:18 am
Cem Kilic, who was a super middleweight prospect, was found dead over the holiday season
Cem Kilic, a professional boxer fondly known as “Champ,” passed away at 29. He was a promising super middleweight prospect. Unfortunately, he was found dead over the holiday season.
What happened to Cem Kilic?
Cem Kilic, a Turkish boxer, has passed away over the holiday season at the age of 29. According to the reports, he died of an apparent drug overdose. The renowned boxer is said to have battled substance addiction and mental health issues for several years. His death was confirmed through a post on social media of legendary coach Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing. The post said,
“We are very deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Clem Kilic. Gone far too soon. Our condolences to the Kilic family and to all those affected by his passing. Rest in peace, Cem. You will be greatly missed.”
Who was Cem Kilic?
Cem Kilic was a Turkish boxer born in Neustadt, Germany, on June 6, 1994. He moved to the US at age 19 and trained in Los Angeles, where he resided in Sherman Oaks, California. He began his pro boxing career in California in December 2014. He achieved splendid victories in nearly a decade-long career, including a televised win in 2018 and an eighth-round stoppage in 2019. However, he met with defeat once, in 2020.
Despite facing challenges, he continued to compete and retired with an impressive record of 17-1. Sadly, he passed away well before his time, leaving loved ones in a deep state of mourning and the boxing community reeling with shock and sadness.
The Community mourns Cem Kilic
Kilic’s sudden, unexpected death has sent shock waves through the entire boxing community. Many have not hesitated to share condolences and support the grieving Kilic family, including the Turkish Boxing Federation and Wild Card Boxing Club.
His boxing manager, Shane Shapiro, whom he shared a close connection with as well, shared an emotional tribute on social media, honoring the late fighter who was the first who took a chance on him. Kilic’s final fight was in August 2020. He will forever be remembered for his perseverance and courage, with which he overcame many adversities for years. We offer our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and fans. May he rest in peace.
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