Ricky Hatton, Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren lead tributes as former super-middleweight Lee Noble dies aged just 33 after long battle with cancer
Tributes have poured in for boxer Lee Noble who lost his battle with cancer at the age of 33.
It was confirmed Noble sadly passed away surrounded by close friends and family on Sunday morning.
The former middleweight and super-middleweight contender was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2014 and confirmed he had terminal brain cancer two years ago.
Hailing from Barnsley, Noble fought 47 times and was successful on 20 occasions and managed to secure three knockouts.
Matchroom Boxing chief Eddie Hearn took to social media to pay his respects.
“Very saddened to hear of the passing of Lee Noble,” Hearn wrote.
“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.”
Frank Warren also offered a touching tribute, saying: “We are saddened to hear about the loss of Lee Noble. A sad day for boxing.
“We pass our condolences on to Lee’s family and friends. RIP Champ.”
Noble received an honorary WBC belt in 2019 to recognise his ‘brave and courageous’ fight.
Former two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton also had a touching tribute for Noble, taking to Instagram to pay his respects.
He wrote: “Very saddened to wake up to the news that another one of our boxing family Lee Noble has sadly passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning.
“At 33 years of age it is no age, but just like he gave his all in the ring, Lee had been bravely fighting this illness for some time now. God bless Lee and my thoughts are with all the noble family at this time. Ricky. X.”
A letter from WBC president Mauricio Sulaimain, sent alongside the belt, added: “We would like to acknowledge all you have done in your boxing career and also for your great and admirable passion for life.”
It was revealed in August of last year that Noble would no longer be receiving treatment for his illness.
Noble’s last win in the ring came in 2014, his fifth in a row, and he fought the likes of Billy Joe Saunders, Martin Murray and John Ryder in his career.