The final bell tolled for young prospects Travell Mazion and Javier Alejandro Gonzalez Barrientos, sending the boxing community into mourning. The killer blows struck differently.
Unscathed in the ring, Barrientos (15-0, 11 knockouts) lost his bout with cancer in the lymph nodes on June 29. He was 21.
It was a slow, agonizing death for Barrientos (15-0, 11 knockouts), who last fought in April 2019 before undergoing treatment.
Mazion, also unbeaten (17-0, 13 knockouts), died instantly following a head-on car collission in Austin, Texas, on July 15. He was 24.
Two probable world champions gone just 16 days apart further staggered the sport already reeling from the unseen blows of coronavirus.
The hurt was felt worldwide.
Oscar De La Hoya, head of Golden Boy Promotions which handles Mazion’s career tweeted:
“I am still in disbelief. @black_magic92 you left us far too soon! Nice, young man with all the talent in the world. Not only did our sport take a huge hit with losing you but the world lost a good one. You are forever Golden. My heart & prayers are with you & your family champ. Rest in peace.”
Black Magic is the moniker of Mazion, who knocked out Mexican Fernando Castaneda in January to clinch the vacant World Boxing Council-NABF super welterweight crown.
Barrientos’ passing did not go unnoticed. WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman also sent statement through World Boxing News, saying that Barrientos was “a great promise and prospect for Mexican boxing.” – Rappler.com