BRITISH boxing champion Kirkland Laing has died aged 66 - seven years after he fell from a balcony in Hackney.
The troubled fighter retired from boxing in 1994 after securing 43 victories - including a historic win against US champion Roberto Duran.
Tragically, after his career ended Laing's life spiralled into drink and drugs.
In 2013, he fell from a fourth-floor balcony in East London and was left in a critical condition.
Welterweight Laing fought 56 times in his career from 1975 to 1994 with most of his fights in the United Kingdom.
He also boxed in the United States, Australia and Italy and won the British and European belts.
The best night of his career came when he beat Duran in Detroit in 1982.
His shock win was voted Upset of the Year by Ring Magazine.
Duran was overwhelming favourite having beaten Sugar Ray Leonard two years earlier and banked $5million from their rematch that followed.
Promoter Frank Warren led the tributes to the boxing great as the heartbreaking news of his death spread online.
He wrote on Twitter: "All at Queensberry are very sad to hear news of the passing of former British & European Welterweight Champion Kirkland Laing.
"Our thoughts are with Kirkland’s family at this time. RIP Champ."
Boxing commentator Steve Bunce added: "A great, great man and fighter a long time ago talking about his glories in the ring. It’s Kirkland Laing."
RIP Kirkland Laing🙏🏻🥊— matthew macklin (@mattmacklin) June 9, 2021
Source : https://www.the-sun.com/sport/3054916/boxing-champion-kirkland-laing-dead/2017