Luis Medina of the Kings Boxing Club in Avenal really wanted to make a great first impression for his first amateur bout in Fresno, that the 13-year-old showed up in a suit.
He died in a swimming accident last Saturday (July 11) at Bass Lake while on a ”family reunion” with fellow boxers from the club. Medina would have been 14 in August. Like most youngsters, he dreamed of competing in the Olympics and becoming a professional boxer.
The family, who come from México have made Avenal, a small farming community about an hour southwest of Fresno, their home for over 20 years.
The cost of the burial is set at $7,000 and the Medinas need help. The coach at Kings Boxing Club, Armando Mancinas, is counting on the family of athletes from every sport, professional and amateur, to help the Medinas with the cost, mainly because every athlete started out with the same dream Luis had. Due to the cost of the funeral, the arrangements are pending. For friends who want to help, they can call Armando Mancinas at (559) 381-2742.
“These kids are like our own family; they treat each other like family,” said Mancinas. “He was a well-mannered person. His mom instilled a respectable attitude in him.”
About 18 younsters train daily at the non-profit, Kings Boxing Club in Avenal. In the club’s 10 years, Mancinas has seen over 500 competitors go through the training, many of which have become national contenders.