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Boxer, 16, dies after Burbank sparring match

Posted: July 28, 2012 6:00 a.m.
Updated: July 27, 2012 10:10 p.m.

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy collapsed at a hospital and died after sparring at a boxing gym, police said Friday.

Raul Alvarez Jr. complained of pain from "light sparring" at Pullmans Gym and became unconscious at a hospital, where he died shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday, Sgt. Darin Ryburn said.

The Los Angeles County coroner's office will investigate the cause of death, and it is unknown if he had any pre-existing conditions, Ryburn said.

"At this time, it doesn't appear to be any criminal activity," he said.

The teen and his sparring partner both were wearing regulation boxing gloves and protective headgear, the sergeant said. Ryburn told the Los Angeles Times that the boy's sparring partner was his age and build, and they were fighting under supervision.

The sergeant said he could not recall any previous boxing-related deaths in the Los Angeles suburb.

"It's a tragedy," he said. "Our hearts go out to the family."

A call to the gym seeking comment was not immediately returned Friday. On its website, the gym says it provides "pugilism at its finest" and offers boxing classes for both children and adults.


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