Danny Gonzalez, an up-and-coming boxer who was a protégé of Floyd Mayweather, has passed away at age 22.
TMZ reports that on Labor Day, the athlete was in Moreno Valley, California, when a suspect approached him and opened fire around 9 p.m.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department says first responders arrived at the scene and pronounced Gonzalez dead.
Authorities say Gonzalez was with two teenagers who were later transported to a nearby hospital, where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
As of this writing, the investigation is currently ongoing and it is unclear if officials have any suspects or know the motive for the shooting.
Tuesday on Instagram, World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaimán confirmed the tragic news, and offered his thoughts and prayers to Gonazalez’ family.
We are very sad to report the tragic death of boxer and top prospect, Danny González.— Mauricio Sulaiman (@wbcmoro) September 8, 2020
We send our deepest condolences and prayers to the Gonzalez family at this hard time.
May Danny rest in eternal peace🙏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/tu1bvQ5vTQ
Mayweather also paid tribute to his mentee with a touching message on Instagram.
In 2016, Mayweather signed Gonzalez to his company, The Money Team, when Danny was only 18 years old.
“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,” Mayweather said at the time. “Welcome 18-year old phenomenon Danny Gonzalez with an incredible amateur record of 96-13. This 9-time National Champion is a force to be reckoned with!”
At the time of the announcement, the Daily Mail asked its readers, “Has Floyd Mayweather signed the next Floyd Mayweather?”
According to TMZ, Gonzalez would go on to fight in three professional matches before stepping away from the sport in 2017.
Earlier this year, Gonzalez suggested on social media that he had plans to make a comeback.
Our condolences go out to Danny’s family and loved ones for their loss.