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Floyd Mayweather’s Protege, Danny Gonzalez, Dies at Age 22

A press release from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department confirms that Gonzalez was killed in a shooting which took place in Moreno Valley, California.

Boxing wunderkind Danny Gonzalez died on Monday, September 7 at the age of 22. Gonzalez was signed to Floyd Mayweather’s Mayweather Promotions.

A press release from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department confirms that Gonzalez was killed in a shooting which took place in Moreno Valley, California. The young boxer “succumbed to his injuries at the scene.” Two minors were taken to a local hospital with “non-life threatening injuries.”

“Deputies secured the area as as crime scene and investigators from Moreno Valley Sheriff Station responded,” the press release states,” adding, “The Central Homicide Unit also responded and assumed the investigation.” As of Wednesday, no further information has been released. However, individuals with any knowledge about the current investigation is encouraged to contact the Central Homicide Unite of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, or submit a tip on the Sheriff’s Department website.

Mayweather posted a picture of himself and Gonzalez in remembrance of the slain athlete via Instagram. The photo captured the moment Mayweather presented his Mayweather Promotions contract to Gonzalez. In the caption Mayweather wrote, “R.I.P. champ gone but never forgotten.” World Boxing President Mauricio Sulaiman also tweeted a statement about Gonzalez’s untimely death, writing, “We are very sad to report the tragic death of boxer and top prospect, Danny Gonzalez. We send our deepest condolences and prayers to the Gonzalez family at this hard time. May Danny rest in eternal peace.”

Mayweather signed Gonzalez to Mayweather Promotions in 2016, when Gonzalez was 18 years of age. He made the announcement on Facebook at the time, proclaiming, “I want everyone to help me by welcoming Daniel Gonzalez to the Mayweather Promotions family. There are certain times when you know you’ve just struck gold and this is one of them! Follow this future World Champion, approved by the undefeated champion himself. Daniel Gonzalez is Floyd Mayweather, approved.”

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Candace Cordelia
Candace Cordelia has been an on-camera interviewer and writer for In The Zone since the Summer of 2020. Candace's journalism experience includes writing for the New York Daily News and ABC Radio, where she also conducted celebrity interviews and audio production/editing for ABC Radio's national radio affiliates across the country. Her on-camera experience involves working as a backstage/in-ring interviewer with a number of independent wrestling promotions and as an actress. Candace is dedicated to bringing combat sports and eSports news to the In The Zone universe.
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