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Luis Medina was an 85-pound, orthodox competitor from the Avenal Boxing Club.

Luis Medina was an 85-pound competitor from the Avenal Boxing Club.

Luis Medina.

Luis Medina.

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.

Written by Daniel Cásarez

July 15th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

5 Responses to 'Life ends too soon for Luis Medina of Avenal’s Kings Boxing Club'

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  1. Boxers and their coaches have a very unique and special bond. The coaches become part of the boxer’s family and the boxer becomes part of their coach’s family. We smile; laugh and unfortunately this time cry along side our team mates. Luis was a special individual who was a champion both in and out of the ring. His having the courage to step into the ring and experience the thrill of participating in the sport of boxer makes him a unique person. My condolences to the Medina family, the Mancinas family and the entire Kings Avenal boxing family, your terrible loss is felt throughout Central California Boxing Association

    Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4


    Richard Torrez

    15 Jul 09 at 8:53 pm

  2. Yo all. I spoke with coach Armando Mancinas. The visitation for Luis Medina will be on Tuesday and the funeral on Wednesday (July 21 & 22). I will get the precise details and post soon. The goodwill officers from the Sheriff’s department is helping the Medinas with $1,100 but the family still needs help. If things are going well for you at this time, please call Armando Mancinas of Kings Boxing Club at (559) 381-2742.


    Dan The Man

    18 Jul 09 at 10:57 am

  3. Hello all.
    This message was received by Armando Mancinas. The service for Luis Medina will be at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday and the funeral will be held on Thursday. The church is on Skyline Boulevard in Avenal, I’ll get you the exact address as soon as I can get it.


    Dan The Man

    20 Jul 09 at 3:59 pm

  4. Also, Armando sent the following: A slight correction, the Sheriff’s Department did not contribute. It was the Correctional Officer’s and Counselor’s at Avenal State Prison who donated the $1,100.00. Since we last spoke, the Avenal Chapter of the Chicano Correctional Workers Association (CCWA) donated another $500.00, for a total of $1,600.00 from the staff at Avenal State Prison. Additionally, $200.00 was donated from my wife’s family, through their respective work sites. We were able to provide the famly with $1800.00 yesterday. The family said they need approximately $2,000.00 more. The support staff at the prison (case records technicians, analyst and supervisors) have organized a bake sale and tamale sale slated for next Wednesday to assist the Medina family. It is nice to know there are people who really care and contributed from their heart. The donations provided are even more heartfelt considering the tough economic times we are all experiencing. Armando.


    Dan The Man

    20 Jul 09 at 4:03 pm

  5. Luis will be brought to Avenal tomorrow, Wednesday
    7-22-09, at 4:00 pm. He will be at the Iglesia Apostolica (Apostolic Assembly) church for viewing in the evening. The church is located at 717 Skyline Boulevard in Avenal. The church is located across the street from the State Market and next to the Westside Auto dealership. The funeral will be held at 9:00 am Thursday morning. Once again, thank you for your heartfelt condolence and generous donations toward assisting the Medina family in this time of need.
    May the Lord watch over all of you,
    With much Love,


    Armando Mancinas

    21 Jul 09 at 8:11 pm

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