Vernon Forrest, 38, the popular former boxing champion in two diffenent divisions, was shot and killed in Atlanta on Saturday night July 25th, Newsday reports. It appears that he was killed in a gun battle with an assailant who was trying to rob him.
Forrest rose to popularity during his eight appearances boxing on HBO.
"Everyone at HBO Sports is shocked and saddened at the untimely death of Vernon Forrest," said HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg in a statement, Newsday reported. "Vernon was a credit to the sport. He was one of the most charitable and gracious champions…He will be missed by the entire HBO family."