Turkish boxer Cem Kilic has tragically passed away at the age of 29 after battling intense addiction and mental health challenges. His untimely death has rocked the boxing community and shed light on the difficulties he faced in his final days.
Throughout his life, Kilic fought tirelessly against addiction and mental health issues, but unfortunately, he was unable to overcome these obstacles. Born in Germany and later a resident of Los Angeles to improve his boxing skills, Kilic’s promising career was cut short.
According to Eyup Gozgec, president of the Turkish Boxing Federation, Kilic’s relocation was meant to boost his career in the ring, but his story took a dark turn with this tragic outcome. The boxing community was stunned by the news, highlighting the challenges that some athletes face beyond the ring.
Kilic began his professional career in 2014 and participated in 18 fights, suffering only one loss. His only defeat came in January 2020 when he faced Steven Nelson. Despite this setback, his record reveals exceptional performance and tenacity in the ring.
Despite his short career, Kilic’s bravery and determination in the ring will be remembered. He demonstrated remarkable skills and had a record of 17-1 with 11 knockout victories.
Shane Shapiro, Kilic’s former manager, expressed a heartfelt tribute to his close friend after the tragic news of his death. In a moving message, Shapiro shared his pain over the loss of Kilic, whom he considered a brother, and described their time together.
Shapiro also posted videos of himself and Kilic together, showcasing their training, fights, and moments of relaxation. These memories are a testament to their bond, and Shapiro’s emotional posts serve as a touching tribute to Kilic’s memory.
Kilic’s passing has left a void in the boxing world, and his legacy will be remembered with fondness. The challenges he faced and the impact he had on those around him will forever be etched in the hearts of those who knew and admired him.