Shelby “Girl” Walker found dead by OD over the weekend

The boxer Shelby “Girl” Walker (7-6-1, 6 KOs) was found dead yesterday in her apartment from an apparent overdose of pain medication.

Born on Feb. 27, 1975 in Kingsville, Texas, Walker served five years in the U.S. Army before embarking on her fighting career, starting with MMA, where she has the fastest KO on record (5 seconds against Angela Wilson in Boston) in MMA history, before she graduated to boxing.

Shelby Girl had her pro boxing debut in 2002 and has had as many ups and she had downs in the world’s cruelest sport, but those who knew her knew of her dedication to the fights, her boundless energy, as well as her fetching ways.

According to Boxing Insider’s Larry Goldberg, who mentored Walker’s intro into the sweet science, She was a wonderful person who inspired many people. However she succumbed to personal demons. Shelby was loved and will be greatly missed by all that knew her.

I am praying for her and I hope that you all will be too. Shelby should be remembered as the fun loving beautiful person who was the life of any party and got to live her dream. There is so much about her life people never got to know.

I know Shelby will be looking down on all of us from heaven.

(To those who want to read more about Shelby Walker, read the TSS feature dated August 3, 2005.)