Boxing prodigy Danny Gonzalez, who signed to Floyd Mayweather’s The Cash Workforce in 2016, died on Monday, September 7. He was 22.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Division mentioned in a press launch that Gonzalez was killed in a capturing in Moreno Valley, California, shortly after 9 p.m. on Labor Day. He succumbed to his accidents at the scene, whereas two minors with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds have been transported to a neighborhood hospital.
“Deputies secured the realm as against the law scene and investigators from Moreno Valley Sheriff Station responded,” the press launch mentioned. “The Central Murder Unit additionally responded and assumed the investigation.”
It’s unclear who shot Gonzalez and the minors and what the suspect’s motive was. The sheriff’s division inspired anybody with data relating to the continued investigation to name the Central Murder Unit at 951-955-2777 or submit a tip utilizing an internet type.
Mayweather, 43, paid tribute to the late boxer by way of Instagram on Tuesday, September 8.
“R.I.P champ,” he captioned a photograph of himself and Gonzalez. “Gone however by no means forgotten.”
World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaimán additionally took to social media, tweeting on Tuesday, “We’re very unhappy to report the tragic loss of life of boxer and prime prospect, Danny González. We ship our deepest condolences and prayers to the Gonzalez household at this difficult time. Might Danny relaxation in everlasting peace.”
Mayweather spoke extremely of Gonzalez in August 2016 after signing the younger athlete to Mayweather Promotions, the agency he based in 2007.
“There are specific instances when you understand you’ve simply struck gold and that is one in all them!” the boxing legend wrote by way of Fb at the time. “Welcome 18-year outdated phenomenon Danny Gonzalez with an unbelievable beginner document of 96-13. This 9-time Nationwide Champion is a drive to be reckoned with! Observe this future World Champion, permitted by the undefeated champion himself. Daniel Gonzalez is Floyd Mayweather, permitted!”
Gonzalez fought professionally 3 times earlier than taking a break in 2017. He teased earlier this yr that he had deliberate to return to the game.